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New roll call station takes big step forward in public safety

Mayor Linda Gorton took a ‘huge step forward’ in public safety today, joining Police Chief Lawrence Weathers and several council members to dedicate a new East Area roll call station, the first station roll call outside New Circle Road and Man O’ War.

“This new facility positions police closer to major traffic arteries and neighborhoods along Man O’ War,” Gorton said. “It will also save money on utility expenses and rent.”

Previously, the East Sector roll call was located on Center Parkway in a facility rented by the police. The new facility is built on land already owned by the City, which is part of Veterans Park. It is next to Fire Station 22 on Clearwater Way. A new fiber will be extended to the station to serve fire, police, water quality, and parks and recreation.

“Keeping public safety in mind is paramount in planning for the future of our city,” said Police Chief Lawrence Weathers. “This new facility improves the accessibility of our growing East sector and provides updated functionality to our offices and citizens.”

Three Board members were involved in the project:

The new station is in the 12th arrondissement, represented by Kathy Plomin. “I’m proud to have the East Sector call center now located in the 12th arrondissement,” Plomin said. “The new site will be surrounded by vibrant neighborhoods and, of course, Veterans Park. It will be a welcome addition to the area.

The East Area office leaves council member Fred Brown’s district. “The East Area Call Center has been located on Center Parkway since 1999,” Brown said. “The space is small and does not belong to the City. Now is the time to move to a larger city-owned space. The new call center is still very close to the Tates Creek/Center Parkway area and will continue to serve the 8th Ward.

Council member James Brown, chair of the council’s planning and public safety committee, said, “I have supported this project since it was first proposed. This is another example of the city’s continued support and investment in public safety.

The $4.2 million building will include:

  • Over 7,800 square feet of space;
  • Much needed expanded operational space, including a larger roll call room for officers to meet at the start of each shift and space for training programs;
  • Enlarged space for supervisors;
  • A new bicycle storage room for storing and working on bicycles, which are an integral part of the Police Department’s Patrol Bureau’s community policing work; and
  • A geothermal system for heating and cooling. It will be solar ready, to accommodate solar panels in the future.

The facility was designed by architects from Brandstetter Carroll Inc. and the contractor is Rising Sun Developing.

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