At the risk of being proven wrong by some unexpected “punch list” item, I believe the finish line is in sight for Kent’s new Police Building.
The contractors buttoned-up the exterior of the building just before the cold weather hit and now they’re making final touch ups on the interior space in anticipation of turning over the keys to the City in the next couple of weeks.
The landscaping and exterior features gave the building a great finished look and once the construction focus shifted to the interior, the contractor was able to work double shifts, and that had a noticeable impact in the rate of their progress.
Here’s some photos of the new building:
Once the keys are turned over to the City, the City’s Service Director (who doubles as our Facilities Manager) will work with Police Chief Lee to manage the transition of the Police employees to their new home in January.
At this point, it looks like the administrative and patrol functions would move first and then once they get settled, the dispatch functions would follow.
It’s likely that the my office and the Law Director’s Office would stay put in the old Police building for another month or so until the Police staff transition was finished — and then we’d arrange to move into some unoccupied area of the new building on a temporary basis.
In February we will go through the old Police building to identify items for sale at a surplus auction that we’d look to hold in the March – April time frame. Once the surplus items have been removed and sold, we would hire a demolition contractor to demo the old building.
With the return of Spring weather in April – May, we’re hoping to offer a couple of dates and times to host a community open house of the new Police Station and give residents a chance to see their new Police facility up close and personal.
In conjunction with those open houses we would also plan a formal dedication ceremony and let the Mayor do one more of his famous ribbon cuttings.
Then it’s on to the new City Hall project.
Grab a hammer and a nail.