UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
WACO -- The Waco City Council has approved a low-bid contract to create new police headquarters in a building on the former Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center campus.
Renovations will start within a few weeks and should be complete a year after starting.
$7.6 million is the amount awarded to Ratcliff Constructors to begin work on a more spacious headquarters for Waco P.D.
"This is something our police department has needed for a long time. Like I said earlier, for so long we've been so crowded in that other building. We were making space out of elevator shafts and cubby holes," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton Waco police spokesman.
"The building over on 4th and Waco Drive was, has just bulged at the seams," said Larry Holze, Waco City Hall spokesman.
The new building will provide more than enough room and will consolidate all Waco police divisions under one roof.
"They are going to save some of the floors for future expansion or whatever but it's a 13-story building we have a parking garage with it so,uh, it's going to be an excellent facility," said Holze.
"If an officer needs something from another unit or needs to talk to somebody else from another division, it's just up a floor or down a floor," said Sgt. Swanton.
And it benefits the public too.
"As city grows we'll be able to grow with it and maintain that pace," said Sgt. Swanton.
The project will cost $13 million and is the final project funded by a $63 million bond issued in the 2007 election.