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Garth Brooks teams up with Nashville police to build new police substation

The venture won’t cost taxpayers a dime

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Honoree Garth Brooks performs on stage during the 2020 Gershwin Prize Honoree’s Tribute Concert at the DAR Constitution Hall on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, in Washington.

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By Amanda Spence

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Metro Nashville Police Department and country singer Garth Brooks are working together in a new venture that will include the construction of a new police substation and traffic control room at no cost to taxpayers.

According to a press release, the new plans include a Metro Nashville Police Department’s substation and Nashville Department of Transportation and Multimodal Infrastructure traffic control room. Brooks will develop the project and cover the cost. The move aims to reduce traffic while also keeping things safe and secure in the busy area. The plans are still up for Metro council approval.

Part of the agreement involves the council authorizing a commonplace condemnation of an alley located adjacent to the site of the country singer’s new bar. The Metro Government authorizes around 15 and 30 alleyways every year to developers, third parties or property owners.

“Lower Broadway is an iconic destination for fans of world-class music, sports and a good time, but as Nashvillians know well, it can also create safety and traffic challenges that my office is working hard to tackle across multiple fronts,” Mayor John Cooper said. “I commend Garth Brooks for stepping up to help make Lower Broadway safer and more enjoyable for everyone. These additional resources will add new tools to reduce traffic and improve community safety downtown while continuing to prioritize other initiatives for neighborhoods and families throughout Davidson County.”

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