GEORGETOWN — City officials broke ground Wednesday on a new $4.6 million police headquarters.
When completed next summer, the new headquarters will mark "the first time the police department is going to have its own home," Georgetown Mayor Everette Varney said.
For the past eight years, Georgetown's police department has occupied a building on Quality Drive on the city's south side. It isn't the most visible site or the easiest place to find, especially for someone not familiar with Georgetown.
"No longer will we have to struggle giving directions to visitors to our town on how to get to the police department," Varney said.
The new building will be on the former site of the Mallard Pencil Co. factory, a building that the police department had occupied eight years ago before moving to Quality Drive.
The Mallard building on Bourbon Street was demolished several years ago. At one time, soil samples taken at the site had indicated unusually high lead levels, but the soil of the contaminated area was dug up and trucked away years ago.
As designed by Brandstetter Carroll Inc. of Lexington, the upper floor of the new headquarters will have a lobby, a community room, a chief's office, detectives' stations, a records room and a fitness workout room that will be shared with the Scott County Sheriff's Office.
The lower floor will have a roll call room, offices for sergeants and lieutenants, locker rooms, patrol bike storage, an interview room, evidence storage and an armory to store weapons.
Georgetown Police Chief Mike Bosse said the building is the result of consultation with other community groups about what they wanted in a new police department.
Bosse, who supervises a department of 52 sworn officers, said the new building "is designed to give victims the privacy they need."
The building will be financed through a $5 million bond issue.
Codell Construction is the general contractor for the new headquarters.