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Crucial Vote Tonight Determines Future of New Nashville Ballpark

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - New developments tonight on plans for a minor league baseball stadium next to Bicentennial Mall. A crucial vote tonight determined the future of a new Nashville ballpark. It was not an easy decision between Metro Council members trying to approve funding for the Sounds' new stadium. The method of payment is posing a risk that some city leaders are uncomfortable with. A $65 million price tag to build the stadium. More than half of that would be paid for by revenue from apartments and mixed-use development in the plans close by. The developer, Embrey, is not contractually obligated to build. That's what Council Member at Large Charlie Tygard wanted to change before approving funding on 2nd reading tonight. He says a binding financial agreement with the Sounds is necessary to keep taxpayers from holding the bag. Some feel the ballpark project is being rushed, while others worry if a decision is not made by the first of the year, Embrey will poll out of the project altogether.

There will be a 3rd reading next Tuesday. More hurdles need to pass Metro Council for this to be a done deal. Metro Council members did not take up what to do with the old convention center during tonight's meeting. The city once wanted to turn it into a medical mart, but that fell through.

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