“Budget-wise, this was the best opportunity we’ve had to do this,” Adams said, pointing out that the lease on the building will amount to $8,600 per month.
The current location is sitting on land that Adams said is being leased from the Water and Wastewater Authority of Wilson County. Adams was unsure what the Department of Safety’s finance department would do with the current building once it is replaced.
The new facility will be located on Maddox-Simpson Parkway in Lebanon, across from the offices of Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation. Adams indicated the department has not set a target date for completion of the building.
“I really don’t have a date for when it can be completed, it will depend on the weather and other factors,” Adams said.
Ironically, a groundbreaking ceremony, scheduled to take place at 9 this morning, was postponed Thursday afternoon due to inclement weather. The ceremony will be rescheduled to a later date when weather allows.
Upon completion, the building will not only house the Driver Testing Center, but also a local office for the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The two offices will share the building space, but the new site will still give the testing center a considerable upgrade in amount of space compared to the old building.
“Right now that location has 1,400 square feet and the new building will be 7,300 square feet,” Adams said. “THP will also be sharing the building with us, so it will be co-located.”
The testing center has six employees and Adams said the small space at the current location prohibits them from working with adequate space and makes workflow difficult for the amount of customers that use the center.
“We served about 2,500 customers per month in the last fiscal year, which was about our average each month,” Adams said about the current testing location in Lebanon.
With the added space, Adams said they will continue to employee only six workers because of budget concerns but pointed out those six will have much more space to maximize their efficiency.
With the new building, Adams expects customers to move through the facility quicker and easier with the same amount of staff. Adams also said the facility will maintain its current hours whenever the new building is completed and business moves into the new location.
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