Ordinance could address Walgreens concerns

In a move seemingly to address concerns about a proposed Walgreens, Metro Councilwoman Erica Gilmore has crafted an ordinance that, if passed, would create an overlay limiting the types of businesses allowed in downtown Nashville's Broadway, Second Avenue and Printer's Alley districts.

Within the overlay, businesses would be required either to offer live performance venues or, if retail oriented, have 75 percent of their merchandise devoted to the area's musicians, craftspeople and culture.

Walgreens reportedly has the Trail West building, located on the southeast corner of the Broadway and Third Avenue intersection, under contract. Many locals argue a Walgreens would not be compatible with Lower Broad's tourism- and entertainment-oriented vibe and flavor.