July 6, 2008
Bell’s Bend Destiny?
Efforts by local real estate developers to create “May Town Center,” a proposed $4 billion office, retail and residential project on 500 acres in the Bell’s Bend area west of Nashville, have been met by an organized, growing, and well-articulated “3rd Vision”:
“Like the far-sighted thinking in our own city that produced Shelby, Centennial, Radnor Lake and Warner Parks, this last remaining area of working farms, upland trails, waterways, and wildlife in Nashville’s Bells Bend ought to be saved – not only for the enjoyment of future generations, but also for the well-rounded planning of a great city.”
The mission of the efforts to “Save Bell’s Bend” is:
“To promote and protect the rural character of the Beaman to Bells Bend Corridor by establishing an outdoor recreational, agricultural and residential district that serves as a county, state and regional planning model for open space preservation.”
One component of the vision entails
“…an agricultural center for producing local, organic vegetables, fruits, dairy and meats for Nashville’s schools, groceries and restaurants; community gardens; demonstration farms for school children and other visitors…”
If you are inclined to support the conservation efforts, consider writing to your Council Member(s), as well as the members of the Metro Planning Commission, and attending the upcoming Planning Commission meeting on July 24, 2008.
The growing controversy of Bell’s Bend is the topic of the Nashville Scene’s July 10th cover story.
See for yourself why it would be a tragedy if the Bell’s Bend area gets “redeveloped.”