The Cape Girardeau Police Department gave Heartland News an inside look at the building that will house their new station.
It’s an old military recruiting center at 2530 Maria Louisa Lane, across from Arena Park.
Cape Girardeau Police Chief Wes Blair is ready for work to get under way.
"It's a pretty good structurally sound building,” Blair said. “It's got a lot of brick, a lot of concrete which has helped the building stay in really good shape."
Blair said ground plans are not set in stone, but he has a good idea the front of the building will be offices for the different departments.
Toward the middle of the u-shaped building are two large rooms.
"One of the things that's really cool about this building is there is a lot of workable space."
Blair hopes to incorporate community involvement into the design.
"One of the things I am really committed on doing is having a community type room," Blair said. "They can come in and meet with us or have their own meetings in there."
He said the biggest portion of the work will come in the form of adding a jail.
"We'll have to really give some consideration to the building of a jail. We'll probably have it affixed to this building somehow," he said.
The new station and jail will be yards away from Arena Park, the surrounding neighborhood, and Kingshighway St. But Blair said that does not add any additional safety concerns for police.
“We secure our prisoners in the car when we get them here. Our goal is to have basically a garage or sally port so you can drive into when you get your prisoner out of the car so they're always going to be inside a confined environment."
The space around the building will allow the department to grow if needed.
“The ground here, the property owned by the city gives us the ability that in the future if this area does become too small we can expand out,” Blair said. "In my opinion when you build a police station you should really try to build it for 25-50 years and that's what I think we'll be able to accomplish with what we got here."
Early estimates put renovations costs around $11 million.
The department will soon seek bids from architects to get plans under way.