$40 Million Police Building Approved
The price tag is $24 million less than a proposal the St. Petersburg City Council previously considered and rejected.
A St. Petersburg architect has been tapped by the St. Petersburg City Council to design a new public safety building, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Harvard Jolley Inc. will be paid $3.1 million to design a new police headquarters.
The unanimous vote by the Council Thursday is for the firm to design a $40 million police headquarters, which is a scaled-back version of the development that city leaders originally considered but rejected as too costly, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
What will taxpayers get for the lower price tag?
- 111,000-square-foot building on 1st Avenue North;
- renovation of existing buildings.
However, future phases of the police complex could add more to the cost, bringing it back up to $60 million. The approval Wednesday allows for the city to move ahead with this more modest version.
According to Tampa Bay Times:
"The city has about $32 million for the project that comes from revenue raised from Pinellas County's voter-approved penny sales tax. Staffers expect to use additional money from the tax to cover the cost of additional phases."