By this time next year, mechanics at the Bartlett City Shop will have a more comfortable place to repair the more than 600 pieces of equipment they see each year.

The city plans to break ground on a new facility in the coming months at Yale Road and Brother Boulevard, across the street from the new Tennessee College of Applied Technology campus at Brother and Appling Road.

The $4.15 million project is one of Bartlett Mayor A. Keith McDonald’s top priorities for completion before he steps down at the end of his current term.

“Our City Shop is really a shame,” McDonald said. “Those guys work in some really tough conditions. That’s going to change when we get the new shop built. We’ll have a better work environment and better equipment for them to do their jobs.”

The current shop is small and outdated, according Bartlett Chief Administration Officer Mark Brown.

“If we get a really large piece of equipment or too many pieces of equipment, a lot of times the guys have to work outside in the elements, so it’s not very pleasant working conditions if it’s cold or hot,” Brown said.

Brown noted the current shop is also crammed into the same area as the city’s Public Works administration building, a water plant and a sign shop, limiting outside shop space.

Plans from Germantown-based Barge Design Solutions are in place to construct an 18,000-square-foot metal-frame building at 7335 Yale Road, with 13,500 square feet in the shop area and 4,200 square feet of office space, making it more than twice the size of the current shop. Designs include 20 single bays (or 10 double pass-through bays), compared to seven bays at the current shop.

Groundbreaking could take place by April, and the work is expected to take 10 months.

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