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Metro Planning Commission rejects restrictions on chain companies

Posted: Updated: May 22, 2014 11:31 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Legislation that would restrict how large chain businesses can operate in sections of downtown Nashville was not approved by the Metro Planning Commission on Thursday.

The Music City Cultural Heritage Overlay District would limit how businesses along major tourist strips can operate.

The district includes parts of Broadway Avenue, 2nd Avenue North and Printer’s Alley.

Barrett Hobbs, who owns several bars and retail businesses downtown, spoke to the MPC in support of the overlay plan Thursday evening.

“It’s more about keeping these two or three street fronts with what makes Nashville, Nashville,” Hobbs said.

The measure comes after drug store giant Walgreens reportedly started eying a new location at 3rd and Broadway. That idea has sparked criticism from business owners and city leaders.

The Music City Cultural Heritage Overlay does not mention any specific chain stores in its language.

The overlay plan, which has been approved on first reading by the Metro Council, was not approved by the MPC Thursday.

The MPC is asking the Metro Council to send the proposal back to the commission after a public hearing is held next month.

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