The Rutherford County government plans to build a complex behind Blackman Elementary School that would house a county clerk’s office, a driver’s license center, a Tennessee Highway Patrol barracks and a library.
The Murfreesboro Planning Commission on Wednesday approved the county’s plans; the item was a last-minute addition to the agenda. The Murfreesboro City Council approved the deal Thursday night.
Assistant City Attorney David Ives told the planning commission that the parcel of land is the same property where the city plans to build Fire Station No. 11 in Fiscal Year 2020; a communications tower is also located there.
County Mayor Bill Ketron told the Murfreesboro Post that the 20-acre site is on the corner of Blaze Drive and Fortress Boulevard. The city owns the property and is working on an agreement with the county to do a land-lease to the county for $1 per year, Ketron said. The memorandum of understanding would call for a 50-year land lease with the option to renew for 50 years.
The county would sublease space in the 20,000-square-foot building to the state for the DMV and THP and charge Class A office space rates, which should help pay for the approximately $6 million project, Ketron said.
The county clerk’s office would occupy 5,000 square feet and have two drive-through windows, Ketron said. The driver’s license center would occupy about 12,000 square feet along with a driver training center. The THP would locate in the rear of the building.
The city and county jointly fund the Rutherford County Library System, Ketron said, and would build a neighborhood library branch on the property as well.
No timeline was given for the project’s development.