BRAZIL, Ind. (WTHI) - The mayor is calling it a major move for the city and the Brazil Police Department. Plans are moving forward to renovate the old Duke Energy building and transform it into a new space for officers.
The city officially closed the deal Thursday. It took two years of negotiating but Mayor Brian Wyndham says they got the right price.
The former Duke Energy office, located at 401 West National Avenue, was originally listed for $380,000 but the city paid $140,000.
Now the police department is working with a local engineer to draw up plans.
Mayor Wyndham says, "There's more drawings that need to be done. We need to submit plans to the state, get a design released and once we get that then we can bid out the work, so it's going to take a few months."
The plans include offices, training and exercise space and a garage. It's much more than what the department has used since 1986 in the city hall basement.
"You've got to realize the police department was down there working in probably twelve to fifteen hundred square feet. This is eighty-eight hundred square feet so it gives us the flexibility to bring things up to date."
The mayor says this move will give the public better access. There are even plans to move other departments to the property.
"We're looking at maybe the water office moving down here so people paying their water bill, they would come to this building. It's so much more user friendly. We're looking at installing some type of drive-thru so they could even come through with their car."
The mayor says it is too soon to put a total dollar amount on the construction phase of the project but the city and department has money to cover it. He would like to see work complete by mid-summer of next year.
Wyndham credits Duke Energy, the city council and others for working together on the project.
Duke Energy District Manager Rick Burger says there are a lot of memories in the old building and he is excited to see what happens next on the property.
There are other buildings on the property that could be used by other departments in the future.
The mayor says the fire department could use the space at city hall when the police department moves out.
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