Choose History. Choose Parks. Not Condos.
Cloud Hill Development Proposal
Cloud Hill Development Proposal
Mayor Megan Barry's administration intends to award a for-profit developer the right to build condos and office space on Nashville's Fort Negley Park. This development would permanently destroy 21 acres of parkland in Nashville's urban core, where greenspace is dwindling because of boom-time development.
Mayor Barry's administration's development plan raises four serious problems.
If we destroy Fort Negley Park to build condos and offices, then no parkland in Nashville is safe. Downtown is already starved for greenspace.
Fort Negley is a nationally recognized Civil War Heritage site.
In 1862, hundreds of African Americans, former slaves and freedmen, worked and died here building the Union fort, the largest inland masonry fort constructed during the War. Historians believe many unmarked graves remain.
Mayor Barry's administration chose the for-profit developer through a closed-door process.
They never considered leaving Fort Negley Park a park.
Metro Council has already allocated funding for a Fort Negley Park Cultural Survey to locate the unmarked African American graves and explore the Park's historical significance.
This survey should not be rushed in Nashville's race to convert this Park to condos.
"In short, Fort Negley Park is important because it is one of the foundations upon which the culture of modern-day Nashville sits. We as Nashville citizens should not value commercial development over the preservation of our culturally precious sites. And there is none more precious to Nashville’s African American history than Fort Negley Park."
The Friends of Fort Negley Park, in partnership with the Nashville chapter of the NAACP and Dr. Jane Landers and Dr. Angela Sutton of Vanderbilt University, are pleased to announce that Fort Negley Park has been nominated as a site for UNESCO’s Slave Route Project. Fort Negley Park is the first site in the United States to be nominated for such designation and would join other globally significant sites such as, Valongo Wharf in Rio de Janeiro and Santo Domingo Square in Mexico City.
People like Mayor Barry. She is a charismatic woman. Young girls, and those who love them, are proud of her role as the first female mayor. All of Nashville cheered alongside her through the Predators remarkable season. All parents mourned with her at the tragic loss of her son. And this is the crux of the challenge - she is liked. As we share the story of what is happening at Ft. Negley the first question always is, "Wait, Mayor Barry is supporting this?"
Heflin's analysis found that the runner-up bid for the right to redevelop the 21-acre site of the shuttered Greer Stadium near downtown, adjacent to the historic site of Fort Negley, generates millions of dollars more for Metro than the winning pitch from a group led by high-profile Nashville developer Bert Mathews, renowned music producer T Bone Burnett and Wall Street veteran Tom Middleton.
The Tennessee Historical Commission voted Thursday for an administrative law judge to hear Friends of Fort Negley's request to declare the fort and 21 acres nearby as protected. The commission will vote on the judge's decision. **Save Nashville Parks is not a party to this lawsuit.**