Aldermen approve purchase of new police headquarters | Economy & business

The Frederick Police Department will have a new home, with official approval for the purchase of a new building by city aldermen on Thursday evening.

The $ 6 million deal for Governor William Donald Schaefer’s building at 100 E. All Saints St. will allow the department to vacate its cramped premises as part of the Frederick County Courthouse complex on West Patrick Street.

Alderman Kelly Russell, a former Frederick police officer, said it was already clear the current facility was inadequate when she joined the department in 1983.

“It’s a monumental night in many ways,” said Russell.

Frederick Police Department chief Jason Lando thanked the mayor and aldermen for their support after Thursday’s unanimous vote.

The purchase of the four-story, 65,000 square foot building also includes $ 50,000 for a feasibility study to determine the cost of the work that will be required to reuse the building.

In addition to letting the officers of the department “basically work on top of each other,” the current building, which has been leased to the county and has housed the department since 1982, presents challenges with the space and ability to store evidence of the crimes. they are investigating. Lando told the mayor and aldermen in August.

Renovations to the building are expected to bring the cost of the project to around $ 25 million.

The department could move to the new location by the end of 2023 if the renovations go as planned.

A top-notch department deserves a top-notch facility, said Alderman Derek Shackelford.

Mayor Michael O’Connor said the process of finding a new headquarters has taken longer than anyone realized.

“But we are here now,” he said.

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