Shelby County leaders, citizens discuss future of Mid-South Coliseum

Shelby County leaders, residents discuss future of Mid-South Coliseum

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Aging and obsolete, some believe the Mid-South Coliseum is still worth saving.

Preservation proponent Mike McCarthy was among those filling Circuit Playhouse Wednesday night to discuss the future of the fairgrounds.

"You don't knock down a building that housed rock and roll and soul for four decades, five decades," McCarthy argued

The Coliseum would be threatened under a redevelopment plan that includes a sports complex and retail space.

The plan hinges on the creation of a controversial tourism development zone, or TDZ.

"This issue has sort of been delayed," Shelby County Commissioner Van Turner said. "It might continue to be delayed."

Getting the support of Shelby County Commissioners is the next big step for the city. So far, their opinions are also mixed.

"The reality is we have to stop doing dumb projects," Shelby County Commissioner David Reaves said. "We've got to stop doing things that don't make sense."

"I'll never shop at the fairgrounds," one attendee asserted. "I'll never spend a nickel!"

For now, the Coliseum stands as contentions rage.

The city and its private sector supporters could take the TDZ plan to the state next month with or without the county commission's blessing.

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