DANVILLE, Va. – The Danville Police Department is looking at a spring move-in date for its new headquarters.
The building is located in the Schoolfield area of the city, near the Ceaser’s Project. The eight-acre site is between Memorial Dr. and W. Main St. south of the Dan River.
The new headquarters allows the department to move out of a group of offices and spaces, including the location downtown on Patton St., the library and the municipal building.
The project is expected to cost $18 million and the city will lease the structure from the developer as part of a public-private partnership.
“It will create a sense of security,” Lt. Col. Ronald Hairston with the Danville Police Department says. “Also, a sense of Espirt de Corps for those that have been here for a period of time. It will be a good retention tool. Also, it will be a good recruiting tool to being people into your own space.”
The original structure was built in the mid-1960s and is the former Dan River Mills corporate headquarters.
The new headquarters provides four times the space now occupied by the department. The addition to the main building will include locker rooms, training facilities and a multi-purpose room for community events.