Work Starts Again on MPD Building

Work to renovate the old Cowboy Maloney building on 22nd Avenue and create a new Meridian Police Department headquarters stopped in February, but finally began again Monday morning.

The delay was blamed on Watkins Development awaiting tax credits and the approval of a new lease agreement between the city and the developer. By a 3-1 vote, the city council approved a new lease Saturday.

City council president, Barbara Henson, says overall, the new lease will benefit the city.

"It was fine tuned to make things better for the city," said Henson. "It was maybe 30 or 40 pages and at least a third of them had some changes in regard to the end of the lease. That's what we really were concerned about and I think it will be beneficial to the city."

"I'm just so happy to be seeing it because I know what conditions the officers have worked under and I'm happy to see it for them," said retiring Police Chief Lee Shelbourn.

The new building will be a far cry from the old building, which has been plagued with air conditioning problems, among other things.

Unlike Meridian City Hall, which had several delays before completion, city officials say they are optimistic that work on the new police department will be finished as planned within the next six to seven months.

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