Since February, work has been halted at the site. The was caused by a delay in tax credits and the approval of a new lease agreement between the city and the developer. By a 3-to-1 one vote, the city council approved a new lease Saturday.
'I'm just so happy to seeing it because I know what conditions the officers have worked under and I'm happy to see it for them,' says 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.
'l love it; I really do,' says city council president, Barbara Henson.
Although it took some time, Henson says establishing a new lease agreement that met the approval of both the city and the developer was a good move. Ultimately, she says the new agreement will help the city.
'It was fine tuned to make things better for the city. 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. There were no great things that were added in there, but little bitty things that just made it better for us,' says Henson.
Unlike City Hall, which had several delays before completion, city officials say they are optimistic that work on the new police department will wrap up within the next six to seven months.
'I think they will and bear in mind that City Hall was under state and federal guidelines for historic places and this is definitely not a historic place,' says Henson.
If the work stays on schedule the new police department is expected to open in December. It will be located in the old Cowboy Maloney's building on 22nd Avenue.