Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Future of SLPD HQ

Police Chief Isom has stated that the 80+ year old downtown police headquarters building is in need of a complete overhaul, and will be presenting three options to the Board of Police Commissioners at its next meeting:

Pour tens of millions into renovating the 82-year-old building at Tucker Boulevard and Clark Avenue downtown.

Move into temporary digs while the building is torn down and a new one is constructed in its place at unknown cost.

Leave the building and permanently move into an existing building.

Of these options, I hope the second one is not taken into consideration. Downtown has lost enough historic buildings as it is.

If the cost of renovating the current HQ building is too great, my hope is that the SLPD can find another suitable existing building downtown. Maybe the old Sherwood Medical Building at 1915 Olive would be a good, modern choice.

More information here.

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