Metro Nashville Council rejects plans to relocate historic Nashville arts school downtown

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Metro Nashville Public Schools will no longer relocate the Nashville School of the Arts to a downtown site following Metro Nashville Council’s decision not to purchase the property.

The council voted at the May 21 meeting 17-6 in favor of purchasing the state-owned property located at 88 Hermitage Ave., Nashville. The ordinance needed a 21-vote majority for passage on third and final reading.

“We’re disappointed,” MNPS spokesperson Dawn Rutledge said. “Not only did we believe that we had an ideal location for a new Nashville School of the Arts facility, Metro Council had already approved funding for MNPS to purchase the site. The district must now turn its attention to finding new options.”

The Tennessee Historical Commission determined the property, formerly home to the Tennessee School for the Blind’s Rolling Mill Hill campus, to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, according to the ordinance.

Metro Council estimated spending no more than $11.3 million on the property.

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