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Public Meeting Held About Police Headquarters

Posted: 6:06 PM, Jan 13, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-14 04:22:00Z
Public Meeting Held Over Police Headquarters

City and government officials held a public meeting at Trevecca University to discuss the location of the new Metro Nashville Police Department headquarters.

The proposed location is at 600 Murfreesboro Pike, where Carl Black's Chevrolet dealership was years ago. 

Metro Government now owns that land.

Officials have already broken ground on the new Metro Family Justice Center at that same location.  The two or three story headquarters would be built next to it.  The current location has fallen in disrepair and metro police said they need to move out entirely, so the jail can be renovated.

"The Criminal Justice Center, especially the part with the jail, is on its last leg," Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson said.

Nearly 50 people attended Wednesday night's meeting.  Many neighbors and business owners supported the headquarters location. 

"We want it to change, we want drugs off this streets," resident Mark Buchanan said. "You will arrest people, and we hope you arrest people because there's a lot of bad stuff going on."

Others, however, think the plan is a waste of money.

"I'm certainly not convinced it cannot be renovated," Andrea Flores said. "I think there are plenty of dollars that have been budgeted and allocated to do such things."

The initial plan was to move the headquarters to an area off Jefferson Street. However, leaders scrapped that plan after neighbors furiously spoke out against the plan. 

While Metro Council has approved plans to renovate the Criminal Justice Center, the new location of the police headquarters has not been decided upon.  There is no word on when a final decision would be made.