New West Precinct Opened by Mayor Karl Dean, Chief Steve Anderson and Commander Marlene Pardue
Mayor Karl Dean, Chief Steve Anderson and Commander Marlene Pardue today joined fellow Nashvillians at the grand opening of the new West Police Precinct, 5500 Charlotte Pike. With 23,000 square feet of working space, the new precinct is more than four times larger than the old precinct in West Nashville. It was built to meet LEED Silver certification, the first such police precinct in Nashville built to that environmental standard.
The building includes a 2,300-square-foot community room that will help further engage neighborhoods and businesses in improving public safety throughout the precinct area. The old West police station, which opened in 1989, is Nashville’s oldest and smallest precinct facility and the only suburban precinct without a community room.
“The new West Precinct will help a very good police department be even better by promoting enhanced safety and quality of life through stronger partnerships between officers and neighborhoods in West Nashville,” Dean said. “This state-of-the-art facility sends a strong signal to Metro officers and the citizens of West Nashville that public safety remains a top priority and is a key element of our city’s continued success and growth.”
During today’s ceremony, Mayor Dean and Chief Steve Anderson cut the ribbon, and Metro Police Officer Henry Particelli performed a song he wrote, The Good Guys. Afterward, Precinct Commander Marlene Pardue led Dean and Anderson on a tour of the new building. Pardue, a 23-year Metro police department veteran, was appointed West Precinct commander Nov. 1 after serving for the past five years as head of the Youth Services Division.
“This is a great day for both the police department and the families of West Nashville,” Chief Anderson said. “The new, larger West Precinct facility provides a world of relief to officers and detectives who, for the past several years, have worked out of a cramped and woefully outdated building that simply was too small to evolve with the continued growth of our community policing concept. For the first time in the 48-year history of the Metro police department, the citizens of West Nashville now have their own truly full-service police building, complete with a community room to host neighborhood meetings and events.”
Sustainable features in the building include a white roof to reflect heat away from the building, pervious surfaces in the parking area to help keep stormwater out of the sewer system, energy-efficient light fixtures controlled by motion sensors and Energy Star appliances and equipment.
In addition to 23,000 square feet of working space, the facility includes a 20,000-square-foot garage and an electric car charging station. Additionally, during renovations, the office building was built two feet higher than the original to prevent flooding.
Mayor Dean included more than $5 million in the Fiscal Year 2010 Capital Spending Plan for the construction of the new West Police Precinct. An additional $2 million was spent on flood mitigation. Previously, the building was an unoccupied facility.
The West Precinct presently encompasses 134 square miles and spans from the West End corridor to Bellevue and includes the communities of Charlotte Park, Sylvan Park, Green Hills, Forest Hills, Oak Hill and Edgehill, as well as Vanderbilt, Belmont and Lipscomb Universities. A total of 183 police personnel work out of the West Precinct.
This is the third police precinct being constructed during the Dean administration. The West Precinct is a replacement facility and one of the six existing precincts in Nashville. Additionally, two brand new precincts are in the works. In January, the Madison Precinct is scheduled to open at the former Peterbilt manufacturing facility off Myatt Drive and will be Nashville’s seventh precinct. A new Midtown Hills Precinct is planned for the corner of 12th Avenue South and Wade Avenue, near Wedgewood Avenue. It will be Nashville’s eighth precinct and is scheduled to open in early 2013.
The new West Precinct facility is located at 5500 Charlotte Pike.
Mayor Karl Dean and Chief Steve Anderson join West Precinct Commander Marlene Pardue in the ribbon cutting for the new building.
“The new West Precinct will help a very good police department be even better by promoting enhanced safety and quality of life through stronger partnerships between officers and neighborhoods in West Nashville,” Mayor Dean said.
“The new West Precinct is four times the size of the old one. Detectives will no longer be working on top of each other.
Just as important, this building features a community room that will promote even stronger ties and partnerships
with the West Nashville community. Those partnerships are vital to Nashville’s safety and quality of life now and for decades to come,” Chief Steve Anderson said.
Officer Henry Particelli, who is also an outstanding singer/songwriter, performed his song “The Good Guys” at today’s ceremony.
“The building behind me represents a renewed commitment on the part of your officers to provide outstanding service 24-hours-a-day, every day of the year. It also represents our commitment to even stronger partnerships with the many neighborhoods and communities we serve,” said West Precinct Commander Marlene Pardue.
For the first time, the West Nashville police precinct features a 2,300-square-foot community room.