The Redding City Council voted 4-1 Tuesday night to approve paying an architectural firm to start designing the structure for a $7.4 million police station.
If approved, the new facility would open in late 2014 and would replace the old police building off California St. It would house the patrol and evidence divisions, and investigations and administration would move into space on the second floor of city hall – which is currently occupied by electric utility staff.
Redding Police Chief Rob Paoletti said the change is sorely needed, and is happy that progress is being made.
Paoletti said that not only has Redding Police outgrown the size of the building, but the station isn't in the best shape either.
"This facility has significant roof issues as far as water leakage," Paoletti said, "and that's the least of the problems. We've had raw sewage in the interior of the police department, so the building has basically lived its life span, it was built in 1948."
There is no exact date set for when the project will start, but Chief Paoletti did say sketches of the new facility have been made and will be discussed next week.
Nearly one million in bond proceeds will go toward the design of the new building.
The design will be done by Nichols, Melburg, and Rossetto.