Erin McCullough

The new station to be built for the Tullahoma Police Department will cost an estimated $3.2 million, according to city officials.

At its Dec. 11 meeting, the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Alderman unanimously passed a budget amendment for FY 2018 to the tune of $3,250,000 for the engineering, construction and “project contingency” of the new police facility, which will be located on West Grundy Street.

According to a memo on the budget amendment, the amendment was to approve the funding borrowed through a Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund loan, which was approved in October.

The loan sets up $238,875 for the engineering of the facility, $2,848,625 for the construction of the facility and a “project contingency” cushion of $162,500.

The firm responsible for the design and engineering of the facility is Upland Deign Group (UDG), based in Crossville.

This will not be UDG’s first foray into the Tullahoma design scheme.

The firm also handled the expansion of the Beechcraft Heritage Museum and is in the process of constructing the L&H Distributing expansion.


Land donation

The site of the new police station will be located just behind the current facility on West Grundy Street. The .7-acre land parcel on which the new station will sit is being donated to the city from Dan and Fran Marcum, who said they would “love to see a new police station for Tullahoma’s finest.”

Fran Marcum said in June of this year that the donation was “just another way to be a good community partner.”

“We’re excited to be a part of the process and delighted to support our community,” she said.

According to City Administrator Jody Baltz, the donation has been partially processed as of Dec. 11. Approximately half of the land donation has been approved, he said. The remaining half of the donation will take place in January, he estimated.

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