Statesville police add new location
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Saturday, May. 10, 2014

Statesville police add new location

The Statesville Police Patrol Division is relocating from the first floor of its crowded headquarters on South Tradd Street to nearly 3,000 square feet of leased space at the depot building near N.C. 115, just south of the railroad tracks.

The city council gave the move its blessing at its May 5 meeting. Statesville Police Chief Tom Anderson expects the officers to be in their new home before the end of the month.

“The routine policing activities and visible presence of officers and patrol vehicles at this location will have a positive impact in some areas of the city that have experienced higher levels of crime,” Anderson said. “The depot also has a large meeting room that will provide much needed space for our state-mandated training.”

The Statesville Depot Building, built in 1911, was a key station for many years, serving passenger and freight trains that traveled through the city. More recently, it had been taken over by the N.C. Department of Transportation and refurbished by a grass-roots group using private funds.

“When we learned it was available within the last few months, we moved quickly. We will be the sole tenant, and this location will place us closer to the (N.C.) 115 corridor, allowing us to respond to the city in a more effective manner,” Anderson said.

The agreement also includes the use of the parking lot that surrounds the south and east side of the building. Anderson estimates the move will include about 44 officers and supervisors out of 97, as well as the operations chief. He will also have a satellite office in the depot.

The lease agreement with N.C. DOT is for three years, with a two-year extension option, at a monthly rental of $450. The city will pay utilities and maintain the grounds; DOT will undertake major repairs as needed. The start-up costs for the relocation and two months’ rent are estimated at $17,425 and will be paid by funds from parking violations.

The relocation will also open up critically needed space at police headquarters for the expansion of the evidence room and storage capabilities.

Lower speed limit

Also at the May 5 meeting, the council approved a reduction in the speed limit on Chestnut Street and Millsaps Road from 35 mph to 25 mph. According to Assistant Police Chief Mike Watts, motorists have begun using Chestnut Street and Millsaps Road as a cut through to N.C. 115, causing a significant increase in traffic volume. In addition, both roads have several curves, hills, and valleys; the streets are narrow and there are no sidewalks for pedestrians.

Dave Vieser is a freelance writer . Have a story idea for Dave? Email him at davidvieser@gmail.com.

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