Site of planned OPD headquarters on Orange Blossom Trail, between South and Anderson streets.
Existing Orlando Police headquarters at 100 S Hughey Ave.
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
The City of Orlando has picked a design firm for the new Orlando Police Department's headquarters and plans to move ahead with construction when they can. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer tells FOX 35 that the original budget plan is still intact.
"The $40 million range is an appropriate budget," he said.
The site of the new headquarters will be what is currently occupied by the old Lynx bus depot, which covers an entire city block of Orange Blossom Trail, between South and Anderson streets. Police Chief John Mina said it will be an ideal location for the department moving forward.
"The location is going to be great, because we are going to be between the Citrus Bowl, the new soccer stadium, and of course the Amway Center, without being too too close," he said, "with immediate access to Orange Blossom Trail and the East-West Expressway."
Mayor Dyer is ready to go as soon as possible on the new building, but there are still some details to be worked out. For now, the city does not yet own the land.
"We're still working with Lynx on the purchase of the land. FTA has signaled their approval so we should be moving very quickly."
Chief Mina tells FOX 35 he is hoping for a more public friendly building at the new location. Accessing the police station now can be difficult, and there is no free parking. He also wants green energy savings in the new digs.
"If you can imagine citizens coming in to the Police Department and immediately seeing electronic message boards with the latest reports with the latest missing persons or wanted people. That's the kind of information that we want to get out there, and then we think the building, or we want the building to be more accessible to the public where you just pull right up and park right there in the front."
OPD is moving its headquarters, because the Orlando Magic are building a $200 million entertainment complex at the site of the current headquarters. Construction will start soon on a parking garage on the site, but the team can not build what is planned for the office building itself until the new building is finished. The team is planning a hotel and conference center in the area where the headquarters building is now.