The city of Cleveland broke ground Thursday on a new 3rd district midtown headquarters that's been years in the planning.
The new state-of-the-art headquarters will go up on Chester Avenue where the Wards Bakery stood before it was torn down in August of 2000.
The 3-story building will have the capacity to house 300 officers, which means there's room for expansion. It will have state of the art I-T. It will meet LEEDS silver standards for energy efficiency. Panzica Construction, the company awarded the contract to build the new HQ, has signed onto the city's community benefits agreement for the project. And it will be the only police headquarters in the city to have a community room where citizens and businesses can hold meetings. Councilman Jeff Johnson says the building was designed to maximize interaction and cooperation with the community.
if you notice the difference between this police station and those of the past... Those of the past in my community have felt like a fortress basically saying to us 'You're not welcome, we are unconcerned with you,'" Johnson said. "And this is totally different. This one says "Come on in. Work with us, be with us.'"
Police functions will be housed on the first and second floors. The third floor will be the new home for the city's public safety communications headquarters. The total cost of the project is just under $17M.