Mayor Barry proposes turning old Kmart into new Metro police precinct

(Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – South Nashville could be the home of another police precinct if Mayor Megan Barry’s latest proposal becomes a reality.

Barry wants to purchase the old Kmart store at 2491 Murfreesboro Pike and turn it into the city’s 9th precinct, the Metro Nashville Police Department said on Twitter.

“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 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.”

Nashville currently has eight precincts across Davidson County– Central, East, Hermitage, Madison, Midtown Hills, North, South, and West. See a map below this story.

The Kmart property sits just north of Bell Road at Murfreesboro Pike, an area right in the middle of the current Hermitage and South precincts. It’s currently owned by Sears Holding Corporation.

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 no more than $7.45 million.

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If the ordinance is passed, it will allow Nashville’s public property administration to finalize negotiations with Sears and acquire the property.

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.

Metro police precincts as of July 6, 2017 (Courtesy: Nashville.gov)