Plans are to tear down the administration building at 100 E First St. to make way for the new public safety center. The 70,000-square-foot, three story building will be constructed on a 41,976 square foot lot.
“We are on a restrictive site, but nothing is being compromised,” Osborne said.
Architects hope to go out for bids by mid-April and start construction by the first of May. The construction period is estimated at 20 months, with an expected move-in date of January 2015.
The jail, to be located in the basement, will include 10 cells for men and five for women. At least two inmates can be housed in each cell.
Outside lighting will be available through solar tubes, said Steve Thompson, deputy police chief.
The center includes a 2,000-square-foot multipurpose community meeting room in the lobby that is open to the third floor.
Plans include space for 35 dispatchers, communication systems specialists and other support staff on the third floor. In the event of a disaster, the dispatchers could move to a designated area in the basement.
There will be about 10 parking spaces below grade and about 30 parking spaces at grade. Officers now have little parking space at the police station, which is across the street at 23 E First St.
“It is cool because so much stuff has been designed by our own people,” Thompson said.