The Cheatham County government is soliciting bids to renovate the vacant Tucker Empson building that previously house county offices in order for the Sheriff’s Office to move in.
The plan will bring the entire CCSO except the jail staff to the building at 264 S. Main St., County Mayor Kerry McCarver said in an email.
The move will bring the Criminal Investigation Division under the same roof as the CCSO administration for the first time in years, McCarver said.
Currently, CID is housed on the second floor of an annex that will be leveled to make way for a planned jail addition, McCarver said.
The move would help alleviate congested parking in the courthouse area, he said. The current main Sheriff’s Office and jail are in back of the courthouse.
Once a bid for Tucker Empson is accepted, the project would take about five to six months to complete, McCarver said.
After the county commission approved buying the Sycamore Square shopping center and the moves of offices to that location were completed, county officials put the Tucker Empson building on the market.
They later changed their minds, taking it off the market because the need for space became apparent with the new jail project.
That project will include an additional 250 beds that will be added to the back of the current jail. Once the new addition is complete, all inmates would be moved there, and the current jail would be renovated to keep as many of the current 116 beds in use along with the new 250 beds.
McCarver said county officials are also talking to Cheatham County School District officials about the county acquiring the storage building behind the Tucker Empson Building for use by the Sheriff’s Office.
He added: “We are working with the school board to determine a price to construct a new storage building on the Board of Education property near the current building.”
The existing storage building was used by the office staff at the Tucker Empson building before those offices were relocated to Sycamore Square.
The storage building was built by the county on the school district property decades ago “in an apparent handshake or verbal agreement,” McCarver said. “This time around we will survey and deed the storage building to prevent this from happening in the future.”
There’s more building and moving on the horizon in Ashland City, as the town government is going forward toward construction of a new City Hall building, a new fire station and a sewage treatment plant.
Those three projects are budgeted at a combined $27 million.