Apr 22, 2014 9:38 PM
The Redding Police Department's downtown station has been around for more than half a century, and the City Council has decided it's time to move on.
“We are finally seeing a light at the end of the tunnel – this is good for the police department.”
The countdown is on, before the Redding Police Department can call City Hall "home".
Last night, the Redding City Council approved a $7.4 million project to construct a patrol building west of City Hall, and remodel parts of the first and second floor inside City Hall for the Police Department.
“I spoke to one of the retired police chiefs 3 chiefs ago, and he said he was promised a new police department in the 80’s – it never came to fruition.”
The downtown police station on California Street was identified as a dangerous building by a city engineer four years ago.
One of the most recent incidents happened in May of 2012, where parts of the police station were flooded from a sewage backup.
“…we’ve had sewage problems, pipeline problems…the water had lead and you couldn’t drink from it…”
When City Manager Kurt Starman learned of these incidents, he decided to draft a plan to move the officers to City Hall.
“This an aging building, and it has served its purpose…there’s been a need for the police department to relocate for quite some time now…”
Starman says the new building and offices should be ready as early as next spring.
“Typically construction starts around 45 days after the contract has been approved…”
But Chief Paoletti is cautious of the deadline, and says he'd be happy if his department could move in by Christmas of 2015.
“I’m very excited about this – this is a good move for the police department.”
The City Manager has been in talks with Chief Paoletti about a new station, since he took over the Redding Police Department about 2 ½ years ago.
The downtown station currently has an unstable roof that is in danger of collapsing.
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