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City Holds Public Input Sessions on New Police Headquarters Location

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Tom Flanigan

The City of Tallahassee held the first of two public meetings the evening of Monday, Dec. 2 to get input on the two site options for a new city police headquarters. The final decision rests with city commissioners.

Monday's initial meeting at Pineview Elementary School brought more than 100 people to the school's cafeteria to see the two site plans. One is the former Lake Bradford Road wastewater treatment facility. The other is the Northwood Centre. Deputy City Manager Cynthia Barber said the selection process will take time.

"We want to get it right!" she insisted as interested residents looked over the various architect renderings and questioned project designers. "We want to spend as much time up-front hearing from the community to make sure we get it right."

And even after the City Commission makes its pick, Barber indicated the project will take years.

"Because it takes about a year for all the permitting and design work to take place. We anticipate this project will perhaps be completed sometime in 2023 or 2024. It can be quite significant."

A second public meeting on the police headquarters site plans happens this (Tuesday, Dec. 3) evening at 5:30 at the North Monroe Street Senior Center.