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City of Tallahassee Eyes Southside For Site Of New Police Station, Seeks Proposals

The Tallahassee Police Department is eyeing a new location on the Southside. Now the City of Tallahassee has issued an invitation for proposals on developing a new public safety complex.

Tallahassee Police Chief Mike DeLeo pictures a place where police officers can interact freely with the community, where the police station can play host to meetings and become more than just a law enforcement entity.

“We’d like it to be a place where a community can come and be involved and engaged in…if someone so, have it be a center, a community piece, beyond just a police department," DeLeo said, outlining his wish-list in October.

TPD’s current building at Lake Ella is an old school, is about 90 years old and has cost the the city $150,000 a year in repairs for the past several. DeLeo estimated the cost to build a new station between $70 million and $100 million. The city has put its initial estimates at $53 million and is eyeing a site near South Monroe and Orange Avenue.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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