DEL CITY — A building that served as the home to Del City's police department soon will be razed to make way for a fire station.
The building on Epperly Drive was constructed in 1948 and has served in a number of capacities during its history, including home to the fire department and city government.
Del City police and the municipal court were the last two agencies to occupy the building. Both moved out when a new $4 million complex opened in 2012.
“We're planning on tearing it down,” City Manager Mark Edwards said. “It has definitely seen better days.”
Edwards said it could be demolished this summer. The city considered renovating it, but estimates were more than $1 million.
“There is some attachment to it,” he said. “A lot of our older guys have only known that building. There has been some discussion in the past about modernizing it, but it's in terrible condition.”
Edwards said it may be up to five years before the new fire station is built. The site will have to be cleared, and the new station also will have to move through funding and construction processes.
A new station will be a welcome site for firefighters. Currently the main station is on the edge of town. When a new station is built, it will be a more centralized location and allow fire administration to meet in one building. The fire marshal, inspector and chief now are in separate buildings.
“As far as morning meetings, they have to leave and come up here,” fire Maj. Brandon Pursell said. “We think by consolidating, it will make things more efficient and eliminate some of that disconnect that happens when everyone is at a different spot.”
Edwards said the city also is trying to find a home for the 100,000-gallon water tower at the old police station site. He said the tank would be made available to any individual or municipality that can haul it off.
There has been some discussion in the past about modernizing it, but it's in terrible condition.”