(MURFREESBORO) Rutherford County government has made a bid to purchase the State Farm Insurance regional campus at the corner of Memorial Boulevard and DeJarnette Lane. County Mayor Bill Ketron hopes to locate a forensic study center there along with emergency responder and dispatch center for the county.
Ketron told NewsRadio WGNS . . .
The massive complex has over 403-thousand square feet. The property has slightly over 62-acres of land. Officials note that it is one of the most secure structures in Rutherford County.
State Farm is interested in financially helping Rutherford County to acquire the building, because they will continue to owe monthly lease fees to the property owner, along with upkeep and other expenses on the property until the complex is sold.
Mayor Ketron indicated that the forensic science service would be tied with Middle Tennessee State University.
With census studies showing that the population is forecast to almost double in the next two-decades, Rutherford County's population could reach 650,000 by 2041.
In an earlier WGNS' broadcast Ketron said, "With Rutherford County's population estimated to now being approximately 350,000 persons, there are less than 10 morgue drawers in the entire county. Neighboring Davidson County has approximately 50 drawers, but they have to serve all mid-state counties."
If the purchase of the former State Farm Regional Office can be worked out, the massive complex would become the Rutherford County Public Safety Center. It would include sheriff's administration, emergency operations, and the forensic science facility talked about earlier.
After much debate by the county commission, they plan to use federal recovery grant money. This would avoid the use of local tax dollars.
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