CMPD’s uptown station is moving across town

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney.
CMPD Chief Kerr Putney.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are moving out of a Bank of America-owned building on East Seventh Street, according to Charlotte City Council’s agenda for next week.

CMPD’s Central Division is housed in a building it leases at the corner of Seventh and College streets. That’s part of a 1.27-acre site owned by Bank of America, most of which is occupied by parking.

A Bank of America spokesperson said the bank doesn’t have any plans to sell the site, which is part of the Sixth and Tryon area targeted for a major redevelopment.

“We’re not selling any part of that parcel,” Jennifer Darwin said Friday morning. CMPD’s current lease runs through July 31, 2018.

CMPD will move to a site nearby, at 700 West Fifth Street. Staff will ask City Council to approve condemnation for the 0.17-acre parcel on that site, which property records show is owned by Sinko Faith et al and has a tax value of just under $700,000. The city already owns the surrounding crescent of land.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo