Plans are moving forward for a new police facility in Lincoln.
Discussion about the need for a new police facility in Lincoln has been ongoing. Mayor Marti Neitzel indicates preliminary work continues as the city plans to re-purpose the old Jefferson school building on 5th Street on the city's southwest side. She says the building is in relatively good shape, and architects are currently formulating plans on how to best utilize the structure for the police department.
Mayor Neitzel sees the project as a win-win. She notes the police department will get a basically new building with some much needed extra space, while the cost of re-purposing the old school will be half of what a new building would cost.
Currently, the Lincoln Police Department is housed in the same building as the Logan County Sheriff's Department. Neitzel points out that this new department will provide city officers with nearly ten times the space, and at the same time free up space for the Sheriff's Department.
The total price tag for the new Lincoln Police Department is expected to be between 2.5 and 3-million dollars, but again it has not yet been put out to bid. Officials hope the project can be completed in 2018.