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Edmond gets bids for demolition to make way for a public safety center

The lowest bid to tear down city property to make way for a public safety center was submitted by Midwest Wrecking for $99,770. City officials received seven bids.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: January 24, 2013 at 10:33 am •  Published: January 24, 2013
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Renovation of a leased building at 7 N Broadway, the new home for utility customer service and the finance department, which includes purchasing, payroll, treasury, accounting staff and human resources, is expected to be completed in February.

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.

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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