NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A bill introduced at Metro Council aims to clarify if and how beer can be sold at malls in Davidson County that have community centers, playgrounds and libraries inside.
The only mall that currently fits that description is Global Mall, formerly known as Hickory Hollow Mall in Antioch.
Council member Jacobia Dowell said there was a plan to open up an events center inside the mall and the owner had filed for a beer permit.
The problem, Dowell said, was there are community centers, playgrounds and a library now at the mall. Beer sales are not allowed within a certain proximity of such establishments.
Dowell introduced a bill Tuesday which would prohibit beer permits in malls like this, but also said a zoning change might be more appropriate.
"We're going to have to figure out how all those uses can work together and complement each other," she said. "It may be that there's enough space to accommodate a lot of different things. We have to make sure that we don't break the law by putting one thing next to another that would adversely impact a business by being too close to another."
The bill passed on first reading, but will likely be changed significantly or pulled altogether as they figure out what would work best in the huge mall.