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Debate Over Metro Police Central Precinct Location

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by Janet Kim

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Businesses in Nashville's growing SoBro area said they want more police presence, and they believe they have just the plan for the city.

Currently, the Metro Police Central Precinct is located inside Bridgestone Arena.

The city is getting ready to move the location to the Southwest Corner of 6th Avenue and Korean Veterans Boulevard, just across the street from the new Music City Center.

Nearby business owners have come up with a petition asking the city to locate the precinct on Lafayette Street and 6th Ave Avenue South, saying it would be the better location making the most sense economically.

In a matter weeks, the city will open the new Music City Center expected to draw thousands of tourists to Nashville each year.

Metro Police said the new Central Precinct will be approximately 10,000 square feet, which is nearly double the current space.

Nashville is known for its honky tonks, and Ruble Sanderson owns some of the city's most recognizable: Legends Corner and The Stage.

"We're looking forward to the convention center getting open." said Sanderson.

Just in time for the grand opening, Metro Police will begin moving its Central Precinct across the street from the convention center.

"We think it's great," said Sanderson. "We've had a really great working relationship with police since we've been here."

However, not everyone agrees that is the best location.

"It's a really dumb location because it's such prime real estate," said Bruce Baker, the owner of Plaza Artist Materials. "Where are the police going to park at?"

Baker wants to ensure his customers are safe, which is why he and neighboring businesses want police to consider property right next to the Nashville Rescue Mission.

They believe the city could potentially make more money by selling that piece of property.

"There's drug dealing going on, there's drinking, public urination, and now harassing my female customers," said Baker. "I think it would make a really big difference having it right beside the mission."

However, others argue it's not about the location, rather officer circulation to keep music city harmonizing.

"I think no matter where the precinct is, the police are going to be all around," said Sanderson.

"They're on the streets everyday and I don't think it makes too much difference where the officers are and park their cars."

Mayor Karl Dean's office released this statement in response to the petition that now has more than 125 signatures.

It stated the decision was announced back in January, and the city has already spent $200,000 on the project.

Business leaders said their plan would still save the city thousands of dollars, and they want evidence that the city's plan is more economical.

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