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CINCINNATI - The people of Cincinnati spoke out Wednesday night on proposed plans for a new Cincinnati police station in District 3.

During the event at Elder High School, which was held at 6 p.m., citizens in attendance heard details about the pros and cons of various potential sites of the new district headquarters. Attendees also had a chance to offer their own thoughts on the topic, including the future purpose of the current headquarters located on Warsaw Avenue.

The current facility, built in 1908 and only 10,602 square feet, is considered “cramped, outdated, and lacking in adequate parking.” It was constructed to accommodate 40 officers, but the building now houses 161 officers. The site is also currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Officials with the Cincinnati Police Department said the building is “too small” and the cramped quarters make it difficult for officers to do their job protecting the public.

"Really, first and foremost…Is the acreage appropriate? What is currently on that property? What would have to be demolished, if anything at all? What's the funding that's available to do so?" are the questions currently being asked by officials making the decision, according to Capt. Russ Neville.

An expanded headquarters, expected to be around 40,000 square feet, would be able to accommodate 200 officers, plus staff.

Funding for the design and construction of a new state-of-the-art facility has been requested as part of the 2013-2014 budget.

District 3 covers about 20 square miles on Cincinnati’s west side, including the neighborhoods of East and West Price Hill, North Fairmount, Saylor Park and Westwood.

Below are some of the proposed sites for the new building:

  • Whittier School site on Hawthorne Avenue (owned by Cincinnati Metropolitant Housing Authority)
  • Considine Avenue site (owned by the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority)
  • A 1.6-acre site north of the intersection of Glenway and Warsaw avenues and Quebec Road in West Price Hill was proposed in 2009.

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