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Mayor urges 'something in the middle' on Lower Broad Walgreens issue

Posted: Updated: Jun 18, 2014 07:57 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Mayor Karl Dean weighed in Wednesday with some of his strongest words yet about a proposed Metro ordinance that would keep a controversial Walgreens out of Nashville’s Honkytonk district.

The ordinance has pitted some of downtown’s most powerful individuals against each other in an effort to either block or open the door for the drug store chain at Third and Broadway.

“I think reasonable people can come together for an agreement that will make almost everybody happy,” Mayor Dean told News 2. “I am not here to dictate what that should be, but you have a reasonable position regarding private property, and you have a reasonable position on what needs to be preserved on Lower Broadway, and there is something in the middle there that is what they need to be striving for. If they need time to do it, they should have time to do it.”

The Mayor came after a high-level meeting Tuesday involving some of Nashville’s major downtown players and those who want to keep the drug store from locating at Third and Broadway.

Reporters have spoken with several people on both sides familiar with the meetings and they have indicated an amended version will soon be filed that won’t look much like the original bill.

The original bill established what was called the “Music City Cultural Heritage Overlay District,” which called for additional rules for any new business relocated in designated historic parts of downtown.

The bill, as first filed by Metro Council member Brenda Gilmore, required new businesses in those areas to include a music stage and have 75% of the items offered for sale support the cultural heritage district.

Those areas include storefronts along Lower Broadway, Second Avenue between Church and Broadway, and nearby Printer’s Alley.

While not being specific, Council member Gilmore has told News 2 there will be changes to the bill.

Her bill at the moment is expected to be heard at a July 3 Metro Council meeting.

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