Cleveland to Get New Police Station

By Adrian Maties, Associate Editor The city of Cleveland is working together with MidTown Cleveland Inc. on a $17.5 million development project that will bring the first new police station to the city in 34 years. The project will help make the neighborhood safer, will catalyze development–and will free two important properties in Midtown and [...]

The city of Cleveland is working together with MidTown Cleveland Inc. on a $17.5 million development project that will bring the first new police station to the city in 34 years. The project will help make the neighborhood safer, will catalyze development–and will free two important properties in Midtown and University Circle for potential future redevelopment.

The new facility will be located in the heart of Cleveland’s booming  Health-Tech Corridor, at 4501 Chester Ave., near East 45th Street. It will be built on the site of the former Ward Bakery at Chester and East 45th Street and will help consolidate the existing Third District station, at East 107th Street and Chester Avenue, and the administrative offices located at Payne Avenue and East 21st Street.

According to MidTown Cleveland Inc.’s Web site, the new Third District police station will be three stories high, with approximately 60,000 square feet of space, on nearly four acres. When finished, it will house as many as 330 uniformed officers and civilian employees. Dispatchers will be located on the third floor, police administration will occupy the second floor and the first floor will feature  a police memorial as well as a large community room that can be rented for special events.

The Cleveland City Council has approved the plans for the new police station. The city is providing money for the construction, while MidTown Cleveland is the developer. The nonprofit neighborhood group will own the building and lease it to the city, but in time the city will take ownership. MidTown will access grant funding such as New Markets Tax Credits, something the city cannot do.

The project is designed to achieve LEED certification. MidTown plans to start construction in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Image courtesy of http://clevelandpolice.wordpress.com.