The Edmond Sun
Bids will be opened Tuesday for the demolition of the City of Edmond Administration Building at 100 E. First St., said Herb Blomquist, director of Edmond Public Works. The 70,000-square-foot Edmond Public Safety Center will be built on the 1-acre site.
Voters approved a five-year half-cent sales tax in 2011 to fund the project. The vote also allows the city to loan itself money out of the $7.2 million Hospital Trust Fund with an improved return of investment on that trust fund. The half-cent sales tax has collected $4.996 million since April when the tax went into effect, according to city figures.
“Downtown will soon become a challenge,” Blomquist said this week to members of the Capital Projects and Financing Task Force.
City employees are organizing to move to a new facility under reconstruction on the southwest corner of Broadway and Danforth.
Police laboratory, vehicles, evidence-based storage and other related functions will be located at the $3.5 million auxiliary building to be constructed as a 5,000-square-foot facility northwest of 33rd and Broadway.
Construction for the $25.5 million Public Safety Center should take 18 months to two years and the building should open in early 2015.
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