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Mayor Dean outlines $110M spending plan

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Mayor Karl Dean proposed Friday a $110 million spending plan that includes improvements to Nashville's public works, arena, parks and health center.

Mayor Karl Dean proposed Friday a $110-million spending plan that includes improvements to Nashville's public works, arena, parks and health center.

The city's stormwater program and the new Lentz Public Health Center will get a majority of the funds, according to a news release from the mayor's office.

"This capital spending plan continues the momentum in our city and invests in essential improvements such as sidewalks and paving," Dean said. "The plan also provides funding for our stormwater program and a new public health center, two important projects that have received a large amount of public discussion."

Both health center and a stormwater fees to fund the stormwater program were previously approved by the Metro Council but now require a bond resolution to move forward.

The current Central police precinct is located inside Bridgestone Arena but will be moved across the street from the new convention center, which is opening in May.

Below is the full spending plan:

  • Lentz Public Health Center, $28 million: Construction is already under way on the facility at the corner of 26th Avenue North and Charlotte Avenue. Under a public-private partnership, HCA is developing the public health facility to Metro specifications and the city will reimburse HCA for the cost upon completion.
  • Stormwater program, $50 million: In 2009, Metro established a new stormwater user fee to install and maintain stormwater infrastructure. The mayor's office said the fee will cover the general obligation bonds, with the $50 million allowing projects over the next five years.
  • Central Police Precinct, $4 million: The downtown precinct is currently located inside the Bridgestone Arena. The mayor's office said the new location will give the precinct additional space and improved visibility on Korean Veterans Boulevard with the opening of the Music City Center this spring.
  • Bridgestone Arena, $7 million: With the upcoming opening of the Music City Center and the availability of 1,800 new parking spaces at the facility, the south entrance of the arena is expected to see more foot traffic. Exterior improvements will include a new entrance and plaza area. Glass will replace portions of the current concrete structure to make the area more inviting and open. Other exterior improvements would accommodate future street-level restaurant and retail along both Demonbreun and Fifth Avenue to create a better connection to Broadway.
  • Public Works, $7.5 million: The mayor's office said funding will address infrastructure needs throughout the city, including $5 million for paving and road projects and $2.5 million for sidewalks. Approval of the funds allows for work to take place this spring.
  • Parks, $2 million: The mayor's office said funding will go toward road and greenway paving at various Metro parks this spring.
  • Open Space and riverfront redevelopment, $5 million: Funding will help replenish the Open Space fund and continue progress around the riverfront.

A bond resolution is scheduled to be heard by the Metro Council on Jan. 15.

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