A community meeting to discuss the temporary jail relocation to Southeast Nashville off Harding Place will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 4. Mayor Megan Barry, Metro Council Members, Department representatives and others will be on hand to provide information.
The meeting will be held in the Global Event Center inside the Global Mall at 5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway, Unit 292. Those interested may enter near the Southeast Community Center.
The temporary relocation has been the subject of much debate in various Facebook groups, which led Lonnel Mathews, who heads the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods and Community Engagement, to address the Crossings Nashville Action Partnership meeting earlier this month.
Mathews told attendees at the Crossings Nashville Action Partnership meeting that he wanted to clear up what he called misinformation about the move of the sheriff’s operations.
First, he said it is only temporary while the downtown Criminal Justice Center is being renovated. He emphasized that operations will move back downtown when the renovation is complete.
Mathews also said the modular buildings that will be placed on the property will house administration only.
“It (the modular buildings) will not house inmates,” he said.
He said there will be more guards added to meet the safety needs of the temporary increase in population.
He also added that there will be no paving of the soccer fields adjacent to the Harding Place jail. Mathews said that in May, when the move begins, activity will cease at the soccer field and adjacent greenway, out of safety, and they will resume with when operations move back to the Criminal Justice Center.
During the interim, Mathews said Metro is looking to relocate activities normally held at the soccer fields.
Mathews is scheduled to be at the meeting, which is open to the public, as well.