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Deny Public Funding for Demolition of Nashville's Historic Landmarks

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Local developers and investors want to use public funds to demolish the historic Climax Saloon, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as part of a $70 million luxury hotel redevelopment project in downtown Nashville' Printer's Alley.  Built in 1887, the 3-story Climax Saloon (also known as The Embers) is one of the last remaining 19th century urban brothels in the entire country. The threat of demolition is why Historic Nashville, Inc. included Printer's Alley on its 2014 Nashville Nine list of the city's most endangered historic places. 

Last month, the Metro Nashville Development and Housing Authority (MDHA) donated $1 million towards the redevelopment project, on top of the $5.5 million in previous TIF financing. With $6.5 million in public funding, the private redevelopment project is subsidized by nearly 10% with taxpayer monies. The developers intend to request a demolition permit on Friday February 19, 2016. 

Due to the public funding of this project, Historic Nashville, Inc. requests that the Metro Historical Commission and Metro Codes issue a 90-day delay on the demolition permit to allow time for the public, community leaders, and stakeholders to review the revised plans. Historic Nashville, Inc. requests an independent engineering study to confirm that the Climax Saloon cannot be saved and repurposed as part of the project, as originally planned and approved by government agencies (study funded by the developers but engineer selected by the Metro Historical Commission). In addition, Historic Nashville requests that MDHA deny public funds for use in the demolition of the Climax Saloon. 

This petition will be delivered to Mayor Megan Barry, MDHA Executive Director James Harbison, MDHA Director of Urban Development Joe Cain, Metro Councilman for District 19 Freddie O'Connell, Metro Historical Commission Executive Director Tim Walker, and Metro Codes Director Terry Cobb.

If you agree that $6.5 million in public funds should not be used by the City of Nashville to demolish the historic Climax Saloon in legendary Printer's Alley, please sign this petition! 

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