Metro to buy Charlotte Avenue car lot for DNA lab

Friday, September 25, 2009 at 1:04pm
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CORRECTED VERSION — Mayor Karl Dean’s office will file legislation today to purchase the old Bob Frensley dealership on Charlotte Avenue to turn into the new Metro Police West Precinct and DNA lab.

The purchase amount is about $6.5 million.  Metro will retrofit the former Ford dealership building to accommodate the new police headquarters. The item will be on the Oct. 6 Council agenda.

The current West Precinct is located at 6730 Charlotte Ave., but has needed upgrading for years.

"I think that the purchase has the potential to jump-start development along the corridor," District 24 Councilman Jason Holleman said.

The Bob Frensley property features the extra parking, which the West Precinct has needed.

Plans for the future of the current precinct building have not been made at this point.

Dean put plans for a $1 million Metro Police DNA lab in his capital spending plan. Metro Police has used the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for its DNA laboratory work.

8 Comments on this post:

By: Loso on 9/25/09 at 12:51

Why dont they just buy the lot and resale cars they have been inpounded or siezed. That would be a better idea

By: localboy on 9/25/09 at 1:23

Isn't 6730 Charlotte Ave much farther west than Bob Frensley? Won't this new precinct house be moved close to the Central Office? Why not ase the West Precinct in West Nashville, rather than help out someone well-connected who holds the Frensley property?

By: localboy on 9/25/09 at 1:24

Isn't 6730 Charlotte Ave much farther west than Bob Frensley? Won't this new precinct house be moved close to the Central Office? Why not base the West Precinct in West Nashville, rather than help out someone well-connected who holds the Frensley property?

By: Vuenbelvue on 9/25/09 at 5:53

Last summer Metro was looking at the old Kidney Dialysis Headquarter building next to Nashville West, which is actually a office building. It is the white building above the interstate 40 West. Plans were to renovate it for the crime lab and West Precinct. The existing West Precinct is less than 15 years old I think but the reporter says it is old. Parking never seemed to be a problem as it is next to a pocket park with a replica of James Robertson's cabin.
The Old Town & Country Ford building is 3-4 miles east on Charlotte right below White Bridge. How that building can be renovated for use as a crime lab and police precinct station without tearing the entire building down is beyond my imagination. $4.2 million seems high for that vacant building and site, very high for today's market. Downtown, according to MDHA is $59 a square foot with a building.
I liked what the Mayor said on TV tonight about the future of the fairgrounds. An economic generator like a park could be built. That could be Metro's 110th public park or so. Is there any other events that could close this decade still left in Nashville?

By: HCPforme on 9/26/09 at 6:37

Basic Geography - How can the new West Precinct be less than 1/4 mile from the center of Nashville? Put the lab there maybe, but the West Precinct? With all the development in west Nashville, move the police precinct even farther away??? If it made sense to put the west precinct where it is now 15 years ago, what does that tell you about Mayor Dean's vision of the future? Nashville as the new Detroit?

By: idgaf on 9/28/09 at 12:18

A city this size does not need their own DNA lab.

If the state needs more facilities then that is the cheapest, most efficient way to go. Expand that.

By: dvana on 9/28/09 at 8:38

The funny thing is that the area at Morrow Rd. & Charlotte Pike is being serviced by the North Precinct.
I really never understood why or who drew up the zones. It just doesn't make much sense when the West Station is much closer than the North Precinct.

By: anniem on 9/28/09 at 11:57

The traffic usually stops on Charlotte most of the time in the afternoon because of traffic turning onto the interstate to the right and turning onto White Bridge Road to the left. Not far past White Bridge, Charlotte becomes a bottleneck when it reduces from five lanes to three. Are we sure that is the best location for a police station, since their only method of entrance and egress will be the back driveway that empties into the drive just before 40E entrance on White Bridge? With the medians in place, there's no left turn at that point. I don't see that as being feasible.
anniem