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Police/Court Facility Update

Last November, Westerville voters said yes to a 0.96 mill request to combine operations of the Westerville Division of Police (WPD), Emergency Communications (9-1-1), Investigations and Mayor’s Court, will bring each department under one roof.

Since that time, the City has been at work on the initial steps to get the property at 229 Huber Village Blvd prepared for transformation into the new Westerville Police Court Facility.

Here are the latest activity milestones, with construction and renovations starting late this year or early 2021.
  • Architectural firm Brandstetter-Carroll retained to complete design work
  • Final plan design is expected in late spring/early summer 2020
  • Westerville City Council to approve the final design; plans will be submitted to Planning Commission and then Building Department for review
  • Concurrently, City administration will work to prepare for sale of $15 million bond issue in the fall 2020
  • Project goes out to bid in the fall, with bid award contemplated in October/November time frame (this year)
  • Construction schedule expected to be at least 12 months for occupancy in late 2021/early 2022

The location for the new facility is 229 Huber Village Blvd, an existing office building acquired by the City in 2018. When renovated and expanded, the new facility would combine all of the bureaus of the Westerville Division of Police (WPD) including Mayor’s Court, Investigations, and Emergency Communications (9-1-1), currently located at 21, 28 and 29 S. State St., respectively, in Uptown Westerville.  

The project addresses long-standing space needs that require multiple buildings and rented storage space, while also improving safety for the public and staff involved in the operation of the Mayor's Court in City Hall.  Estimated construction costs are approximately $15 million that would be financed through a voter-approved, 20-year bond issue, estimated at less than 1 mill. 

Police Court Facility
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Planning for a new Police/Court facility has been underway for nearly a decade. The concept was planned for a number of reasons, including to unite staff and operations working across the City in multiple buildings and to improve safety with a dedicated Mayor's Court space. However, the primary reason a larger facility is needed because WPD has simply outgrown its current 30-year-old building. 

Volunteers and visitors frequently tour WPD headquarters and are consistently surprised by how compact the space is, considering the size of the department. The Police/Court Facility has been thoughtfully considered to meet current and future space needs and improve efficiency.

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