Nashville planning commission votes to recommend rezoning for MLS stadium

Nashville proposed stadium rendering - 8/14/17

The Nashville Metro Planning Commission voted Wednesday to recommend rezoning 10 acres of land sitting on the city's fairgrounds for a new mixed-use development as part of an MLS stadium project. The result came from two 6-0 unanimous votes on land-use changes.

One vote recommends an area of the fairgrounds be rezoned from warehousing, wholesaling and bulk distribution to mixed-use development. The other recommends an area being rezoned from an open space category to a community center category.

The vote clears the proposal for the council, which will take up the rezoning and three other pieces of legislation related to the stadium this month, setting up a possible final vote Sept. 4.

When Nashville was awarded an MLS club in December, it was announced that the club's owners and community planned to build a 27,500 seat soccer-specific stadium via a public-private partnership.

The club introduced former Liverpool executive Ian Ayre as CEO in May.