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CINCINNATI - The city of Cincinnati has picked the former site of the Ferguson Road drive-in in Westwood to build its new District 3 police station, City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr., announced Thursday.
The site at 2300 Ferguson Road is a block north of Western Hills High School and fronts the Walmart and Kroger stores.
The new station is expected to be completed by spring 2015 with groundbreaking this fall.
The city has agreed to pay $325,000 for the land, the city said in a press release. Before closing, the city will perform an environmental review and the site will need approval from the City Planning Commission.
The city will take design/build bids next week and make its choice by the end of the summer.
The new station, the first built by the city in more than 20 years, will replace the century-old station at 3201 Warsaw Ave., East Price Hill. It was built in 1908 and is structurally and technologically obsolete, the city said.
The new site was selected because it is located in one of the three high-call neighborhoods, it is available for development, it rated high on constructability, and it provides access for service to all 14 neighborhoods in District 3, the city said.
District 3 also includes East Price Hill, East Westwood, English Woods, Lower Price Hill, Millvale, North Fairmount, Riverside, Roll Hill, Sayler Park, Sedamsville, South Cumminsville, South Fairmount and West Price Hill.
Stakeholders from all 14 neighborhoods will be invited to assist with the design and public components of the new headquarters.
A city team has been working with residents and businesses since February to choose the site. After gathering community input at two public meetings, the team recommended seven sites to Dohoney. The city team reviewed those seven with MSA Architects and chose four finalists. The others were:
· 2841 Boudinot Avenue in Westwood
· Hawthorne Avenue (Price Hill Recreation Complex) in East Price Hill;
· The old Midway School in Westwood
In a letter to the city, the East Price Hill Improvement Association requested that the Hawthorne site not be considered. The city said it will work with East Price Hill to determine the most appropriate use for the old headquarters.
City Council approved funding for the new station as a capital project in its 2014 budget, the city said.
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