The City of Mt. Juliet offices could be finding a new home.
City Manager Kenny Martin proposed a land swap idea to the Board of Commissioners in a special meeting Monday.
Sellars Funeral Home is interested in moving to the corner of N. Mt. Juliet Road and Industrial Drive on four acres which is owned by the City. Martin proposed that the city offices could move to the current Sellars building, which would give the Mt. Juliet Police Department the entire City Hall offices now.
“I applaud you for thinking outside of the box,” said Mayor Ed Hagerty.
Hagerty, along with the other commissioners were all intrigued by the idea, but were afraid of how much it might cost to get the current Sellars building where it needs to be for the City offices to move over there.
“I’m afraid it might be an expensive proposition to do that,” said Hagerty.
Martin said he will have the Codes Department go through the building, and they will look into have an architect give an estimate of what it would cost to rehab the property. An architect would cost anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000.
The movement of the building will further help the development of the downtown Mt. Juliet area. The possible location of the new Sellars Funeral Home would be on a vacant lot in the center of downtown that is backed by different public works storage buildings. The building would most likely shield that from view of N. Mt. Juliet Road.
“However you add it up, it’s an eyesore,” said Ted Floyd of the storage buildings.
Floyd said he sees this option as a possible way to get a new Police Department without having to raise property taxes or borrow a lot of money.
Martin and Public Works are now going to gather information on the possible project, and will bring it back to the Board of Commissioners at a future date.