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Residents express concerns for new ball park at Sulphur Dell

Posted: Updated: Nov 30, 2013 09:08 PM

A public meeting on the proposed ball park project at Sulphur Dell brought new insight into the plans and how it may affect an urban neighborhood.

Not everyone is sold on the idea of a new $150 million stadium for the Nashville Sounds.

Many of the concerns expressed center around how a new minor league ball park at Sulphur Dell will affect traffic in the Jefferson Street and Germantown area.

"Third Avenue being a one-way street currently, if it becomes two-way, are they going to plan to widen it? Are they going to plan to widen it then we lose our street parking?" said Bill Pittenger.

One of the founding members of the Friends of Sulphur Dell, Brian Heuser, said he's optimistic about the possibilities and believes businesses along Jefferson Street will benefit from the ball park.

"We think this is the kind of economic development we want for the area as well. Not only is it a private, public partnership, but it's the kind of public private partnership that we think is going to create very desirable growth for us, for our families," said Heuser.

Under the plan, the Nashville Sounds will contribute $50 million and Embrey Development Corporation will contribute $37 million.  Metro's participation is $65 million under the proposal.

Development of the new ball park will include residential and retail space.

Charlie Tygard, council member at large, said the plan needs fine tuning.

"I couldn't go to the bank and get a loan based on baby, would of, could of, should of. You couldn't either, so why should the Sounds and the tax payers be treated any differently?" he asked.

It is possible that the new ballpark could open in time for the 2015 season.

Under the agreement, the Sounds will pay $700,000 per year in rent to Metro.  The Sounds will operate and manage the ballpark.

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