Artist's rendering

An artist’s rendering of the new Jacksonville public safety complex is shown. Construction is slated to begin in the Spring of 2020.

City of Jacksonville officials are looking forward to the construction of a new public safety complex to be completed in 2021, according to Jacksonville City Manager Greg Smith.

The 27,365-square-foot building will include the fire department administration, central station operations and equipment, police administration, police operations, dispatch and emergency operations center.

“The Public Safety Complex was discussed in my first 3-4 months during depar--tmental meeting/evaluations,” Smith said. “In the current 2018-2019 budget council approved a planning and programming assessment that produced the current conceptual plans. The council last month approved the design of the facility.”

Smith said the complex will cost approximately $9 million and will be funded from the General Fund debt service.

It will be located on city-owned land on South Bolton Street. Construction will take between 12 and 14 months, with an expected completion in the summer of 2021.

So, what will happen to the current buildings used for the police and fire departments?

“The final determination for the existing fire and police departments has not been fully determined; there are several possibilities for the buildings, including repurposing the building for city use, renting the building out other organizations, selling the facilities, and/or any combination of the above. Each building will be handled individually,” Smith said.

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