TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The City of Terre Haute has been looking to build a new police department for several years now, and officials believe they found an option that will allow that to happen quicker and less expensively than originally thought.
While plans have been moving forward to build a new department behind the existing building, officials were recently told the old Tribune Star building would be available at the first of the year, giving the City another option.
Raw interview with Mayor Duke Bennett:
“So, as everybody knows, we’ve been looking to build a new police station,” Mayor Duke Bennett told WTWO/WAWV. “Prior to deciding we were going to build one, we looked at a lot of existing buildings in the city and just to make sure that there wasn’t something out there that might help us do this a little less expensive and do it a little faster. Well that never panned out.”
Bennett noted that the Trib building was even mentioned in the past, but it wasn’t available at the time.
The Trib building would be approximately 10,000 square feet bigger than the planned building. It is only four blocks away from the current department, and it offers ample parking.
“It would only make sense to look at this as an option because it’s almost perfect from a perspective of size and location, Bennett said. “All the things were where looking for in location before, fit this particular building too.”
This week, city officials and architects completed a walk through of the building, and Bennett said it was a “successful visit.”
Bennett also shared that this option would save money.
“It could be several million dollars less expensive, so it would be a significant amount, but we won’t know until the architects come back and say here’s what the build-out requirements would be and here’s what it’s gonna cost, so we wanted to do that calculation for us and then that will tell us whether we’re going to take the next step or not,” said Bennett.
The other option for THPD involves building a new, 33 thousand square foot building where the department’s current parking lot is and tearing down the current headquarters building to turn that into a plaza.