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.