The meeting will be open to all neighbors of Wedgewood-Houston .... [it] will include an update on the status of the fairgrounds property and ideas for continuing to make the neighborhood's voice heard throughout the planning process.
The Metro Council voted earlier this month for the development of a master plan for not only the fairgrounds property but also for the surrounding residential and business areas - including the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood. Under the legislation, the Tennessee State Fair will continue at the property through 2012, and the flea market and expo center will continue indefinitely.
The legislation does not address operations at the Fairgrounds' Speedway. The decision to lease the track for future events rests in the hands of the Fair Board, which has said it will discuss the master plan at its March 1st meeting (upstairs in the grandstand offices starting at 8 am).
The meeting is open to all residents of the Wedgewood-Houston community. For information on getting a ride, call (615) 669-SNAP.
It bears mentioning that Colby Sledge is not just a SNAP leader, but he also handles PR for the State Senate Democratic Caucus, and he works
WSMV reporter Nancy Amons recently reported that SNAP discussions about the Fairgrounds were closed to the press and to other outsiders. Hence, it comes as no surprise that this meeting is only open to the Wedgewood-Houston community. There have been reports that there was considerable opposition to SNAP in District 17 at the last council public hearing on the Fairgrounds, and I would be curious to see how SNAP handles any that might show up to this meeting.
Will this be an open forum that allows diverse feedback from the local community around the Fairgrounds to inform a grassroots strategy or will it be--as in the recent past--more of a top-down and secretive strategizing process?