Wednesday, December 1, 2010

City Paper: Dean to Keep State Fair at Fairgrounds, Scrap Expo Center Move?

Posted By on Wed, Dec 1, 2010 at 9:20 PM

That's the way it sounds as the CP's Stephen George and Joey Garrison drop the bomb:

After weeks of intensified scrutiny over Mayor Karl Dean’s proposal to transform the Metro-owned Tennessee State Fairgrounds, a handful of Metro Council members have filed legislation that will effectively bail him out, keeping the expo center at the site and all but guaranteeing that next year’s state fair will be in Davidson County.

According to multiple sources, the Dean administration fully supports the plan.

The bill, filed Wednesday evening, would require the five-member Metro Board of Fair Commissioners to negotiate with the Tennessee State Fair Association to keep the 2011 state fair at the Nashville site. The fair association — a nonprofit group of statewide interests formed in response to Dean’s plans — has had difficulty finding a comparable site for a fair in the county. And chair John Rose told The City Paper earlier this week that the mayor’s office has shown little interest in keeping next year’s fair in Nashville.

The bill would also keep the expo center at the current fairgrounds location, and begin the demolition process of the racetrack on the property to make way for a 40-acre park along Browns Creek.

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