BY SUE WEBBER
It appears that two options now are being pursued for a new home for the Osseo Police Department.
City Administrator Douglas Reeder told the Osseo City Council Nov. 12 that it now appears possible for the Police Department office to explore relocating to a 6,300-square-foot space on the first floor of the second phase of the Five Central apartment building on the corner of Central Avenue and 5th Street NW. The building is directly across the street from the current City Hall and Police Department building.
“It appears feasible if the city would purchase the shell created by the developer for a square foot cost and then pay for the building of the interior Police Department,” Reeder said in a memo to the council. “We could bond for the cost and own the space in a condo arrangement.”
The cost of that option is unknown, according to Reeder, who added, “We think it’s a viable option.”
He estimated the cost of the build-out inside the structure at $500,000. “I don’t know what the shell would cost,” Reeder said. “It still will be a substantial cost, any way we do it. But it still might be the most cost-effective way to do it.”
As another option for the Police Department, city officials have made an offer to purchase the building that formerly housed the Main Street Pharmacy on the corner of 1st Avenue and 3rd Street Northeast.
“The owner said he would get a counter offer to us, but we don’t have that tonight,” Reeder said.
The pharmacy building, constructed in 2001, has 10,000 square feet on two floors. It is currently on the market for $499,000. The estimated total cost of $780,000 for the project would include making part of the first floor into a garage, building needed offices, and building locker rooms on the lower level.
Reeder said earlier the replacement of the city’s Police Department building was given a high priority in a recent survey of residents.
“The replacement of the current police building is important because the current facility, which was built as a house, is totally inadequate for a modern police department,” Reeder said, in an Aug. 12 memo to the City Council.
The current Police Department building was constructed in 1930 as a single-family house. The city of Osseo purchased the building for $90,000 in 1996 as a temporary location for its Police Department, Reeder said.
The city’s current Capital Improvement Plan includes $1 million for a police building, he said.