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Edmond downtown demolition nears

Demolition will soon begin in downtown Edmond to make way for the new public safety center. Bids for the construction project could go out March 21.
by Diana Baldwin Published: February 23, 2013
/articleid/3758098/1/pictures/1960849">Photo - Trees at the old Chase Bank drive-thru have been marked to be saved or moved as demolition work gets ready to start to make room for the new public safety center in downtown Edmond.
Trees at the old Chase Bank drive-thru have been marked to be saved or moved as demolition work gets ready to start to make room for the new public safety center in downtown Edmond.

City staff from several departments and architects Frankfort Short Bruza, and consultants McClaren, Wilson and Lawrie, will go over the plans, which could take up to three weeks, Drew said.

Plans are to send out bid packages on March 2, so city council members could award a construction contract at their May 13 meeting, said City Manager Larry Stevens.

Voters on Oct. 11, 2011, approved a half-cent sales tax increase for five years to build the public safety center and a second building for the crime laboratory and evidence and vehicle storage. The buildings are expected to meet the city's needs for 20 years.

Costs estimates for the two buildings, furnishings and equipment are expected to top $32 million.

Final demolition

The new three-story public safety center will be constructed on the southeast corner of First Street and Littler Avenue, the location of the administration building that was a parking garage before it was renovated into city offices.

The final phase of the demolition process will take place after about 50 administration employees move out of the building when renovation of their temporary offices is completed at 7 N Broadway.

Information technology employees are moving into a new, permanent home on the southwest corner of Danforth Road and Broadway. The 6,240-square-foot building at 1273 N Broadway also is being renovated.

Information technology employees, about 16, and all the city equipment now in three locations throughout the city will move to the renovated building. Some of the employees work in the administration building and others in the Downtown Community Center.

Renovations at both buildings are expected to be completed by Thursday, said Ross VanderHamm, city finance director and city clerk.

VanderHamm estimates it could take about a week to move from the administration building to the temporary office space.

The second building for storage and the crime lab will be constructed on city-owned property just west of 33rd and Broadway. The James H. Harrod Vehicle Maintenance Facility was once on the property.

Midwest Wrecking of Oklahoma will recondition the old vehicle maintenance building and tear down the old animal welfare building, on Third Street just west of Broadway, as part of the $99,770 demolition contract.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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