A ceremony to bookmark a new police station in Washington will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. on an empty site near the corner of Bridge and West Second Streets.
The project has been going on since Hurricane Florence flooded the previous home of the Police Department in 2018.
City manager Jonathan Russell said the ceremony would be a “historic” event for the city, given the scale of the project.
In November 2021, the city council signed a contract for the construction of a new police station worth $ 7,836,900 with the construction company Hudson Brothers Construction Company, which took cheap rates from nine applicants. The council also approved a $ 167,000 agreement with Rivers & Associates for construction administration and surveillance services for residents.
The station will consist of a 17,000-square-foot one-story brick building as well as parking spaces. The project will include drainage improvements, surface restoration and some wear and tear.
The new building will face Bridge Street and will be surrounded by Second, Third and Van Norden Streets on both sides and behind.
On Monday, the city council agreed to fulfill the city’s contract for financing in installments for the new police station.
The Dr. Pepper bottling plant used to be located on the site of the new police station. In November 2019, the city purchased the site for $ 800,000.