The Mint Hill Police Department was moving into its new location in the old town hall last week, and if all went as planned officers expected to open for business Monday at the corner of Lawyers and Matthews Mint Hill Roads.The 34 officers and three civilians who make up the department were moving into a 7,800-square-foot space.Several years ago, Mint Hill commissioners decided the old town hall was inadequate for town administration, so they bought land just down the street and built a new $6 million town hall which opened last fall.They then budgeted about $2 million to transform the old town hall into a new police station. Mint Hill Police Chief Tim Ledford says the town now has a state-of-the-art station that will serve it well for years to come.Brick and textured paint was added to the 30-year-old building’s contemporary façade to give it a more traditional look, and the breezeway through the middle of the building was enclosed.Public parking has been added to the front of the station, with a tall fence providing secure parking around back for police vehicles. Cameras have been installed inside and out, and a bullet-resistant film has been added to the front windows. Doors have a dual locking process with electronic card readers for access.The old administrative side of the building has been refurbished, but is still used for offices, a conference room, and an interrogation room.The other side of the building, which housed the assembly room, now has restrooms and lockers for officers, a roll call room, another interrogation room, and state of the art evidence lockers and evidence storage room. Mint Hill Town Manager Brian Welch said the department’s new home will actually save the town money.“We are excited about the police moving into a town-owned facility. It will eliminate a monthly rent payment ... especially since we paid cash for the renovations. And I am confident that when all the numbers are added, the project will come in below budget,” said Welch.Welch said he’s working with commissioners to schedule an open house.
Saturday, Sep. 21, 2013
Mint Hill police move into new location
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