Huntsville City Council Approves $1.9 Million Bid For HPD North Precinct Construction

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A new home for the Huntsville Police Department's North Precinct was on the table at Thursday's Huntsville City Council meeting.

It's a project city leaders first pitched in 2007. The original plan called for a precinct and fire station under one roof. The plan was scrapped last year when the project went over budget.

Thursday, the council voted to accept Consolidated Construction's $1.9 million bid to build a new 12,000 square foot police precinct off of North Memorial Parkway.

For the past 13 years, the precinct has operated out of a leased storefront off of Mastin Lake Road.

"There's other businesses, a shared parking lot one entrance and exit, so sometimes it gets a little crowded traffic wise," said police Chief Lewis Morris.

Councilman Richard Showers also expressed excitement over the new precinct.

"What better site than to have them on the parkway where everyone can see where they are and meet the needs of the community," said Showers.

The new public safety complex will not only be more user-friendly for officers, but house a large conference room for community meetings.

City leaders say the entire project will cost around $2.6 million, with room for any unexpected expenses.

Construction is expected to begin in mid-August, with the precinct open by June 2014.