The City Commissioners finalized the location for the TPD Headquarters at their January 29 meeting. They unanimously voted to select the Northwood Centre, a City-owned site at 1904 North Monroe and 514 West Tharpe Street.
Multiple locations were considered and eventually narrowed down to two locations: the Lake Bradford Road Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Northwood Centre.
Deputy City Manager Cynthia Barber said both sites met the qualification of being within a two-mile radius of the intersection of Monroe and Tennessee Street as well as other conditions. However, staff ultimately recommended the Northwood Centre location because of its central location, as well as factors like parcel size and green space.
City Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox said she was proud of the process of selecting the location and the community engagement it involved.
“We asked for more public engagement, and we took our time, and we did it right,” she said.
According to the meeting agenda, a three-phase timeline is planned for the construction of the new facility. The first phase is an environmental assessment, and the second phase consists of designing the facility, holding community meetings, and more. The final phase is construction.
City Manager Reese Goad said the master planning for the facility will first lay out where the police station will be and then detail potential private development uses.
In addition to approving the Northwood Centre location for the new TPD Headquarters, the Commissioners also voted to move forward with developing the Lake Bradford Road Wastewater Treatment Plant into a neighborhood resource center and fire station.