The Edmond Sun

January 17, 2013

City to open demolition bids Tuesday

James Coburn
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — 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. | 341-2121