KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – The Knoxville city council voted Tuesday night on multiple resolutions, chief among them was making progress toward building a new, combined police and fire department headquarters.
The city council voted 7-1 to purchase the old St. Mary’s site on Oak Hill Avenue, which until recently was a Tennova medical facility that shut down in December.
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero had first announced the plans during her 2018 state of the city address.
The city initially pushed for the headquarters on the Knoxville College campus, but that fell through.
Now, progress toward the joint headquarters means an additional four resolutions were passed Tuesday night along with the vote to purchase of the site; a redevelopment plan and an authorization for the mayor to enter into a contract with McCarty Holsaple McCarty, Inc.
The local architect and design firm will be tasked with designing the new headquarters at a cost of no more than $2.6 million – which is more than 6% of the city’s allotted $40 million for the project.
Knoxville’s Chief Operating Officer David Brace also laid out a timeline for the project.
Abatement, then demolition of the current building, then – construction. After that, the designers move in. Brace is also saying before that, there is still a 120-day period where the city goes in with an environmental team and designers to make sure the deal can close by December.