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New Concerns Raised Over Proposed Virgin Hotel Project In Nashville

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New Concerns Raised Over Proposed Virgin Hotel Project In Nashville

CREATED May 22, 2014
by Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Since it was announced, a proposed Virgin Hotel in Nashville has been mired in controversy. Thursday night at the Metro Planning Commission another issue with the project became apparent.

The proposed hotel on Music Square West first made headlines in April after a historic home was demolished to make way for the project.

Now a neighbor next to the property where the hotel would rise over Music Row has raised new concerns about the project.

"We're not opposed to new neighbors, what we are opposed to is this particular development," said Felice Apolinsky from Gilda's Club of Nashville.

Administrators at the support community for those battling and surviving cancer worry about how the Virgin property will impact the club's members.

"It's going to cause even more difficulty for people with cancer, their family members and friends, to get to Gilda's Club, to get the free support that we provide through workshops and classes," Apolinsky said.

Many people at the club worry about the traffic that could be generated during construction and after the hotel is completed. They also have concerns about how the project will impact parking.

The hotel will be built on a surface parking lot the club has rented for many years.

"Our members have limited mobility, limited energy, limited tolerance for disruption and noise," according to Apolinsky.

Thursday night Apolinsky brought her concerns to the Metro Planning Commission. The commissioners heard a request for a zoning change that would allow the hotel to be built.

Several people did voice their concerns about the project and how it would impact Gilda's Club.

The attorney for the developer also spoke at the meeting. He said his client is also concerned about Gilda's Club and will take its members into consideration during the construction process.

"Our plans will clearly mandate an improvement to the alley. We've got the same interests of making that alley accessible to Gilda's Club. As we do for our client," Tom White said.

In the end, the Planning Commission did approve the zoning change for the Virgin Hotel Project. It now goes to Metro Council for approval. There will be an opportunity for those for and against the project to speak out during a public hearing on June 3rd.

The hotel is expected to have 240 rooms and scheduled to open in mid-2016.

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