Metro Councilman Steve Glover, along with the organizations African American Cultural Alliance, Save Fort Negley, and Save Our Fairgrounds has filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County government on the basis that the city circumvented the rules by insinuating to lease Greer Stadium to a developer without allowing the council to weigh in and vote.
“While no lease has been officially signed for the Ft. Negley property,” said Glover, “it is more than apparent the current practices today will follow future actions. Deals will be cut before the Council has any say in it. At some point, someone has to stand up and speak out on behalf of the taxpayers. I have two choices, sit and watch another piece of our city’s heritage be given away and developed, or speak out and do something. I don’t know if I am right or wrong, but felt it was the right thing to do.”
The development group in question is The Cloud Hill Partnership whose redevelopment proposal was chosen in May.
In response to the lawsuit, Bert Mathews, principal of The Cloud Hill Partnership said: “The press conference was nothing more than a cheap political stunt.
This lawsuit has no merit, and we are confident it will be dismissed. Metro Council does get to vote on the Cloud Hill project, which Councilman Glover knows full well.”