The City of Cincinnati has selected a location for the first new police station to be built in the city in more
than 20 years.
The new police station will serve the City's police District 3,
which encompasses 14 neighborhoods on the city's Westside.
parcel at 2300 Ferguson Road in Westwood was selected because it is located in
one of the three high-call neighborhoods, it is available for development, it
rated high on constructability, and because it provides physical accessibility
for service to all 14 neighborhoods in District 3.
The site is consistent with Plan Cincinnati, the City's comprehensive
plan, because it is located within one of the Centers of Activity, places where
the community envisions main streets of civic life surrounded by residential
areas. The Administrations expects that this new district headquarters can play
a role in driving additional development and helping to redefine the
surrounding built environment.
Fall 2013 groundbreaking is expected for completion by Spring 2015.
part of the 2013/2014 budget, City Council approved the one-time funding for
needed capital projects including a new headquarters for Police District 3. The
new development will replace the existing headquarters, which is located at
3201 Warsaw Avenue in East Price Hill. It was constructed in 1908, and is now
structurally and technologically obsolete, not accessible, and not compliant
with ADA regulations. It also suffers from insufficiency of parking, space for
staff, community space, and storage.
February 2013, an internal team of staff from various City departments has
engaged the residents, businesses, property owners, and other stakeholders in
all 14 communities in District 3 in the selection of the potential site and
development of the new Police District 3 Headquarters.
"Through this community
engagement process, we received insights and priorities that provided the
backdrop for the other criteria the Administration considered through the site
selection process," said City Manager Milton Dohoney.
After gathering community input at two
public meetings, the internal team considered a total of 27 proposed sites,
analyzed both the positive and negative aspects of each site, and recommended
seven sites to the City Manager for further consideration.
The internal team, along with the
assistance of MSA Architects, conducted a thorough analysis of each of the
seven sites considering constructability, police operations, and the potential
community development impact. After the City Manager reviewed their work and
conducted site visits, he directed the team to further evaluate the potential
for acquisition associated with four sites, and where appropriate, to contact
owners about the availability of the subject properties. Those sites
Boudinot Avenue in Westwood
Ferguson Road in Westwood
Avenue (Price Hill Recreation Complex) in East Price Hill
School in Westwood
On May 24, 2013, the East Price Hill
Improvement Association (EPHIA) provided a letter to the City requesting that
the Hawthorne site not be considered.
The City of Cincinnati has agreed to
an "Offer for Purchase and Sale of Property" at the 2300 Ferguson Road site for
$325,000. That price is well within the line item budget for site
acquisition. The next step in the acquisition process will be to perform
an environmental review and other required due diligence before officially
closing on the property. The site will also need to receive approval from the
City Planning Commission, which according to the City's Charter is required to
approve the location of all new public buildings.
The week of June 10, 2013, the City
will release an RFQ to select the design/build team by the end of Summer 2013.
Stakeholders from all 14 neighborhoods
in District 3 will be invited to assist with the design and public components
of the new headquarters. The East Price Hill neighborhood, specifically, will
be further engaged as the City works to determine the most appropriate future
use for the existing headquarters.
District 3 encompasses 14 neighborhoods on the west side of Cincinnati: East
Price Hill, East Westwood, English Woods, Lower Price Hill, Millvale, North
Fairmount, Riverside, Roll Hill, Sayler Park, Sedamsville, South Cumminsville,
South Fairmount, West Price Hill, and Westwood.
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