SAVANNAH,GA ( April 28, 2012) Savannah’s mayor, aldermen and city officials will kick off the renovation of a 23,000-square-foot building to be used for police administrative services in an 11 a.m. ceremony Tuesday.


Mayor Edna Jackson, City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney and Police Chief Willie Lovett will initiate the construction work on the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department Administrative Services Center at 3401 Edwin Street. Architect Gary Watkins and contractors Earl Dabbs and Bran Williams also will offer comments on the project.


Once renovated, the building will become the new home for the SCMPD personnel, quartermaster, property and evidence unit, facilities maintenance and budget offices. The SCMPD Criminal Investigations Division also will maintain offices there.


The building is located on a 9.5-acre land track obtained by the city from the U.S. Department of Agriculture which had used it as a research facility. Several buildings have been removed from the property and the main building is undergoing a $3.68 million renovation funded by Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) contributions.


Future plans include adding a training facility for the police department that currently leases and borrows space for its extensive training programs. The training facility also was endorsed by the public in the SPLOST funding.


The public is invited to the ceremony.


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