by Olivia Kelley
The property that will be the site of Trevecca’s new music building officially belongs to Trevecca.
The university closed the $1.4 million real estate deal today on the land that formerly belonged to Volunteer Trucking Company.
“We have been trying to accomplish this for over 50 years, so this is a big deal,” said Dan Boone, university president.
Trevecca bought 5 acres and Volunteer Trucking Company donated another 2 acres. The university plans to build $6.5 million building for the School of Music and Worship Arts on the property.
Trevecca first tried to purchase this company 70 years ago for $6,000, when the Adams Administration building caught fire, said Boone. There was not enough money after that to rebuild the Adams building and purchase the trucking company at the same time.
“The Adams building was one of only 2 buildings here in 1941 when we first purchased. When we rebuilt that building, you could still see where the fire affected the roof,” said Boone.
Volunteer Trucking is moving to a new location and offered to sell Trevecca the property.
“This is more convenient for the trucks coming off of the interstate. So they helped us out and we helped them at the same time,” said Steve Harris, dean of student development.
The timeline for the new music building is not yet clear as university officials are still securing funding and needed permits from the city.
“We are working on funding. We have enough to start but we are working on getting permits,” said David Caldwell, executive vice president for finance and administration.