Security fence, upgrades at temporary inmate housing in south Nashville cost over $1.9 million

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — More changes are on the way for downtown Nashville as the Metro jail is set to be torn down and rebuilt.

To do that, the inmates will be moved to a temporary location on Harding Place in South Nashville.

Sheriff Daron Hall updated News 2 on the security updates that have to happen before the prisoners can be moved to the new location.

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“This is the final stages of over 1.6 miles of fence that needed to be put up to kind of secure both the public from the correctional facilities and the correctional facilities from the public. A lot of updates that are in the final stages as well, and once we get all that done, then the final moves will occur out to this location and we’ll be in that state of operation probably for the next 3 to 4 years,” he said.

If you’re wondering about the specifics, it’s a 12foot fence with three strands of razor wire.

Security is a major concern since the facility borders both a public park and a greenway.

Below is a breakdown of costs for additional fencing, lighting, and cameras at the Harding Place facility:

Perimeter fence $997,685
Rock allowance for fence poles at perimeter fence $40,000
Security cameras and lighting at new perimeter fence $155,580
Fiber to support added cameras at perimeter fence (8,947 lf) $600,388
General conditions $162,779
Construction contingency $37,798
TOTAL (includes all labor) $1,994,230


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Photo: WKRN

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