Mayor proposes purchase of former Kmart for new Southeast Police Precinct

The Metro Finance Department’s Division of Public Property Administration is seeking to purchase five parcels of property from the Sears Holding Corporation to serve as the future location for a new Southeast Police Precinct for the MNPD, as well as other possible public facilities, at the site of the former Kmart at 2491 Murfreesboro Pike.

“This vacant storefront and associated properties offer Nashville a unique opportunity to invest in the Antioch community in a way that will strengthen our efforts to keep the residents of the community and all of Nashville safe,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “While there is much to be discussed going forward, both Chief Steve Anderson and District Councilmember Tanaka Vercher believe this is the best possible location for a new precinct to serve the Southeast Nashville area.”

The administration is filing an ordinance with the Metro Council and the Planning Commission to purchase the five parcels located at 2419, 2491, 2501, and 2505 Murfreesboro Pike and 2705 Highmeadows Drive for a price not to exceed $7.45 million. Passage of the ordinance will allow the Director of Public Property Administration to finalize negotiations with the property owners and acquire the property

“I am grateful to Mayor Barry and Chief Anderson for their commitment to the Antioch community,” said Councilmember Vercher. “My constituents are ready to embrace a new police precinct in our district because we believe that public safety is critical to our future success as a community and is essential to a great quality of life.”

This proposed project was identified and approved in the Fiscal Year 2016 Capital Improvements Budget and Capital Spending Plan and passed by the Metro Council in 2015. Following purchase of the land, additional funds may be necessary to fully design and complete the new precinct. Metro has also identified this property as the possible location for a new Emergency Communications Center.

“The continuing strong growth of South Nashville makes the Murfreesboro Road section of Antioch a prime strategic location for our 9th precinct,” Chief Steve Anderson said.  “I look forward to working with Mayor Barry and Council Member Vercher to expand neighborhood public safety partnerships as we plan for a new precinct and all of the positives it will bring to this community.”