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'Lake Palmer' Drained; Future of West End Summit Unclear

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Plans for a stagnant downtown development are still unclear. Now known as Lake Palmer on Google Maps, no construction has happened at the West End Summit Development for nearly a decade.

In 2013, HCA eyed the nearly 4 acre site, but pulled out of the project. Nashville developer Alex Palmer recently drained the hole, but what could pop up at 1600 West End remains uncertain. Since 2007, nothing has been built at the site.

Neighboring businesses want to know what's the hold-up.

"I think it's a shame actually," Nelson Trabue said, owner of Import Auto Maintenance, LLC. "Just kind of went on hold and just seemed like it stayed there."

Trabue said the hole isn't attractive, but it has helped lost customers.

"People can find us because of the lake there," Trabue said.

FOX 17 asked Alex S. Palmer & Company what will be built. A public relations representative Ben Baden emailed FOX 17 a statement saying, "We are in the process of finalizing this very complex project and hope to have more details to share soon regarding our progress.

District 18 Metro Council member Freddie O'Connell said it's unlikely Metro will seize the property.

"If you can't find something interesting to do with that, surely there's someone who will," O'Connell said. "I generally try to steer clear of eminent domain unless it is literally a last resort for a strategic process- this isn't."

According to Davidson County tax records, West End Summit Development still owns the $8.3 million property and has paid more than $27,000 in property taxes since 2007.

With the "lake" now dry, Nelson Trabue is hoping something other than water will fill up Lake Palmer.

"It looks like something could happen," Trabue said. "Hopefully."

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