Councilmember At-large Megan Barry released the following statement upon the news that Mayor Dean and developers are moving forward on plans to redesign the Nashville Convention Center:
“The redevelopment of the Nashville Convention Center is a good way to continue Downtown’s progression from just a place to do business, to a strong and vibrant neighborhood.
“I’m especially pleased to see that after a meeting I had with the administration about this project where I expressed my desire to see an affordable housing component added to the plan, we agreed to boost the Barnes Housing Trust Fund by $5 million, which can be used to create quality, affordable housing options for working families in Nashville.
“While we’ll still have to fully vet this proposal in the Council, I’m optimistic that this will be a great deal for Nashville that creates good jobs for Davidson County residents while improving the Downtown experience for residents and tourists alike.”
Councilmember At-Large Megan Barry is seeking election to the office of mayor in the August 2015 election. A Nashville resident for 23 years, Megan Barry was twice elected as at-large member of the Metro Council, receiving the most votes in the countywide election in 2011. An MBA graduate of Vanderbilt, she has two decades of senior-level corporate experience in telecommunications and healthcare. She is the mother of a college-age son and has been married to Bruce Barry for 21 years.