Nashville council begins talks on Titans stadium and East Bank redesign

  • The seven-member East Bank Stadium Committee held its first meeting on Thursday.
  • The Metro Council’s membership committee will hold public hearings on the proposed East Bank redevelopment, including a proposed new NFL stadium.
  • The next meetings are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on July 28, August 18 and August 31 in the Metro Council rooms.

A group of Metro Council members kicked off talks Thursday in preparation for a new NFL stadium proposal this fall.

The seven-member East Bank Stadium Committee, led by At-Large Board Member Bob Mendes, will hold a series of public hearings on the complex issues at play in the planned downtown redevelopment.

Their focus is on community concerns with the proposed new home for the Tennessee Titans and with over 100 acres of redevelopment surrounding it on the East Shore directly across from downtown.

The next meetings are scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on July 28, August 18 and August 31 in the Metro Council rooms.

Bob Mendes (incumbent), 2019 nominee for Nashville-Davidson County At-Large Metropolitan Council seat.

“The committee will hold public hearings but will not make legislative recommendations,” Mendes said. “Our job is to gather information to inform the public and council members to make a quality decision regarding the stadium and in particular the infrastructure that goes with the east bank. I see this as a sphere for the Metro Council to gather information.”

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Importantly, the committee will be developing a new website dedicated to sharing information and answering questions about stadium development plans.

The history of the industrial east side of the Cumberland River will be discussed by Metro Planning officials on July 28, Mendes said.

During early meetings, they will also discuss the 1996 deal for the current Nissan Stadium and the state rules that guide Metro’s accountability to the Titans as well as to ratepayers.

The committee includes board members Kyonzté Toombs, Sean Parker, Brett Withers, Kevin Rhoten, Thom Druffel and Antoinette Lee.

The committee expects to hear details of a new stadium contract when they meet on August 31. A series of public hearings will follow.

“The goal is that by the time people have to vote, there will be full recognition that the council has dug in, gathered information for ourselves and the public, and made it available to everyone to make the best decisions. “, Mendes said. .

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