Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tennessee State University Still Doesn't Have Its Bell's Bend Land

Posted By on Tue, Aug 25, 2009 at 8:14 AM

Have we fallen into Bizarro Nashville? Gail "I don't think it's weird when government officials shove me off on PR firms who then bill the city for shoving me off on them" Kerr is kicking butt and naming names when it comes to May Town Center?

Folks, color me surprised and happy that someone is willing to just say it out loud--that "gift" of land to Tennessee State University had strings attached.  And everybody knew it.

Here's the thing, though.  There's nobody affiliated with TSU today who gave public testimony about how wonderful May Town Center would be who had any room to stand today outraged that TSU doesn't have the land it was promised.

The May Town Center people lied on their zoning application about whether they'd done the proper archaeological surveys.  They played fast and loose with the number and location of the bridges that will be needed to build their center.  They compromised a TSU professor when they had him "survey" folks about their support for MTC when really he and his students were being paid to market the project. They can't even say how big the development will be, because it is whatever size they think the person asking wants to hear.

And all of that stuff has played out in the papers, where anyone can read it.

If you thought, "Well, with us, they'll play square," you are a fool.  And you are a fool who'd better be calling the administration at TSU and the MTC development people until the land is actually in the legal possession of TSU. Because if you don't keep the pressure on these folks, you can't be sure they'll keep their word.

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