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New public restrooms nearing completion

Posted on Friday, December 30, 2016 at 10:00 am

Mayor: Completion expected in about 30 days

With most of the outside construction of the new public restrooms complete, contractors can now turn their focus on the inside of the new facility. Metro Mayor Sloan Stewart said on Tuesday that the project could be completed within the next 30 days. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

With most of the outside construction of the new public restrooms complete, contractors can now turn their focus on the inside of the new facility. Metro Mayor Sloan Stewart said on Tuesday that the project could be completed within the next 30 days. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Metro Lynchburg’s new public restrooms are nearing completion. Metro Mayor Sloan Stewart said Tuesday morning that the project could be completed in as little as 30 days.

The new public restrooms are located behind the Old Jail Museum. The project has been a year-long county endeavor dating back to the funding phase. With the outside of the building, including the brickwork nearing completion, workers will turn their focus toward the inside of the building where contractors are at the sheet rock work, plumbing and wiring point in the project.

Stewart said he expected the project to be completed by the end of January or early February at the latest, though there are still a few stages that could depend on the weather.

The county received a $50,000 grant from the state back in August to construct the restrooms. The money was earned through a Tourism Enhancement Grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

Kevin Triplett, state Director of Tourist Development, along with Business Development Consultant for Middle Tennessee Tommy Burns and State Senator Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) joined Metropolitan Lynchburg/Moore County officials for a check presentation in the summer.

“This is something that we have been working on for two years,” he said, adding that the project is a joint effort between the county, the Chamber of Commerce and Jack Daniel’s Distillery.

Stewart said state officials are often surprised when they hear that upwards of 250,000 people visit Lynchburg each year.

Tourism Enhancement Grants are jointly funded by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development with the assistance of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

—ROBERT HOLMAN, MCN Publisher