City officials purchased the 6,240-square-foot building at 1273 N Broadway to centralize information technology employees and all the city's equipment now in three locations throughout the city.
Architect plans for the new public safety center are about 65 percent complete, said police Maj. Steve Thompson.
“Everything is going well,” Thompson said. “We are really pleased.”
The new public safety center is expected to be completed by early 2015. The price tag is estimated at $25.65 million. Designers anticipate another $2.84 million for furnishings and equipment, for an estimated cost of $28.84 million.
Construction cost for the police crime lab is estimated to be $3.14 million with another $660,000 for furnishings and equipment.
Money for the public safety center project and demolition contract will come from a half cent sales tax that was approved for five years.
Plans are to have a contractor selected by May 13, Drew said.
“I think we are coming along and making good progress,” Drew said.