Commission committee votes to sell Liberty Bowl, Coliseum - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Commission committee votes to sell Liberty Bowl, Coliseum

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The Mid-South Coliseum arena and the Liberty Bowl property could soon belong solely to the city of Memphis.

A Shelby County Commission Committee decided in a five to two vote Wednesday that the county should donate it's share in the properties to the city.

But it's not because commissioners were feeling charitable.  Commissioner Mike Ritz proposed the resolution so Shelby County doesn't get stuck paying for the required ADA improvements to the Liberty Bowl, or costs associated with developing the Coliseum.

The major commitment of Shelby County to this project would be to help finance it, and I don't want us to get in that position," Ritz said

But some commissioners think the county should have a say in what becomes of this major piece of property- a say they would have to give up if they give up their share.

"Dollar-wise it's not much value, but the future of the property and what's to be done with it, has a lot of value," Commissioner J.W. Gibson said.

There's talk of turning the fairgrounds property into everything from a big-box retailer to a community center where kids can play baseball and soccer.

The resolution will go before the full county commission Monday

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