City officially breaks ground for new LPD headquarters

July 11, 2018

LPD Chief David Hofmann addressed more than 250 people at the site of the new Lawrence Police Station this morning during the groundbreaking ceremonies. Located just south of the railroad at 5150 N. Post Road, Mayor Steve Collier and Chief Hofmann reviewed the thorough process and public support for the new station.

Chief Hofmann said he hopes the facility will serve the people of Lawrence as well as the police force. He said, “It’s important to thank the administration and common council for their due diligence and preparation in the decision making for this facility. It’s critical to remember it’s the citizens of Lawrence who are undertaking this project for the future of the city.” Chief Hofmann said the building is designed to house the current police force and its projections for the future, as well as its 112-seat assembly room which will be available for community events and meetings.

Mayor Collier said the economic development impact of the new location will positively reinforce other recent additions and renovations to the City. He recited the new ownership of Maison Gardens, the refurbishing of Brigadier Apartments, and the demo of the Town & Terrace condo/apartments that will become a small park as improvements to the south side of Lawrence. He said the Meyer Plastics purchase and move to the corner of 59th & Sunnyside Road, Mission Mechanical and Valve + Meter’s move to Lawrence are additional positive improvements for the City.

Chief Hofmann said the $12.9m project’s ribbon-cutting is planned for summer 2019 and he looks forward to LPD moving into its new home. Hofmann thanked his command staff and the men and women of LPD for their support and professionalism. He asked for good thoughts and prayers for the LPD officer, whose patrol car was hit in the early hours of July 11. Hofmann reminded the audience of the sacrifice of all public safety officers for the safety of the community.

Garmong Vice President Paul Okeson also thanked the administration, LPD, and council for their support during the design phase and said the demolition phase of the former Snafu Saloon would begin today. Officials then took part in the ceremonial turn of soil at the site. Next, Mayor Collier and Chief Hofmann led the audience to the former saloon where demolition officially began.

City Clerk Kathy Walton, Lawrence Common Councilors Tyrell Giles, Tom Shevlot and Sherron Freeman took part in the ceremonies.

 

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