Monday, February 26, 2018

Baldwin City to Get New Police Station

Kevin Surbaugh

The city council has recently agreed to purchase the former Wooden Spoke building, 203 First Street, at the corner of 56 Highway and First, to house the Baldwin City Police Department. The building has been vacant since the Spoke moved up the street last year.  The purchase price for the property is $260,000.
The city of Baldwin City recently agreed to purchase the old
Wooden Spokebuilding at the corner of First and Highway 56,
to use as the cities new police headquarters.
Photographer Kevin Surbaugh
Mayor Casey Simoneau said that the purchase really will save the citizens of Baldwin City money as opposed to building a whole new building.

Glenn Rodden said that besides the space constraints in their current location, there are a number of safety issues for the officers, in that location. Rodden said that the current location only has 1500 square feet, while the new location will be three to four times bigger with plenty of parking.

There is no estimated time frame for the police department to move into their new digs, it is too early in the process, Simoneau told the Gazette.  The former restaurant and bar, that once housed the Baldwin City Ledger, will be renovated to better suit the department needs. Rodden added that other services could use the building as well. 

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