CLEVELAND - It was a rainy and cold afternoon Thursday at 4501 Chester Ave. where city officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Third District police headquarters.
"There's a real need here for the division of police but also for the communities," said Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath. "I'm very excited. It could be snowing right now but that doesn't matter. This is a great thing."
The new building will be three floors totaling 61,413 square feet. The first floor and second floors will house all Third District police functions and service units. The third floor will be the new home for the citywide public safety communications headquarters for police, fire and EMS dispatchers and call takers.
"When you go out to the current Third District, it's functional, but it needs a lot of repairs. It has a lot to be desired." said Mayor Frank Jackson. "This facility will be state of the art."
The total cost for the construction is $16,817,000.
Construction is scheduled to begin in a couple weeks and is expected to be completed in the spring of 2015.
Some special features for the new building include the lockers of two Third District police officers who died in the line of duty that will be installed to help keep their memory alive. The building will have a community and safe room. The site and building will include public art, designed by local artists to give a unique feel and showcase the creativity of area citizens. The building is designed to be energy efficient.