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Work begins on Edmond's new public safety center

A two-day meeting was held this week for Edmond staff and architects to discuss the city's new public safety center that is to be built downtown. Design work is to take nine months. Construction should last for 18 months to two years.
by Diana Baldwin Published: May 5, 2012

Architects and city staff spent two days this week discussing a location for the new $25.5 million public safety center and what it might look like.

“We are excited to get going,” said police Maj. Steve Thompson.

Council members promised to build the new center on city-owned land in a four-block area of downtown. They did not identify a specific location because they wanted the architect's input.

Mayor Charles Lamb has said a city building will have to be demolished. He suggested the administration building, 100 E First St., and the parking lot to the east. That would be large enough for the new center, estimated to span about 75,000 square feet.

The new public safety center will be the home for police headquarters, the 911 communications center and emergency management operations. A second building, for the crime lab and evidence storage, is expected to be built at a different location.

Architects are expected to make a recommendation for a location during a workshop this month, Thompson said.

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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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