LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- The city of Lafayette is getting ready to start hiring engineers and architects for its new police station.
In March, companies will come into the city, draw up renderings and evaluate the logistics of the new headquarters.
Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski and LPD Chief Patrick Flannelly both said the new building is going to vastly improve communication and technology
"We've stretched to the limits our capacity in what we can do here," said Flannelly.
"The police department has outgrown its current facility," said Roswarski.
The current facility houses 148 sworn officers and almost 200 employees.
Flannelly said between the training center and the station there is about 50,000 square feet of space.
"Quite frankly this building has been serviceable and we have made it work, but it was really a building that was retrofitted for the police department," said Flannelly.
According to a study the police department needs at least 110,000 square feet of space.
"The current facilities also don't meet modern technological and space requirement that we want for our police department," said Roswarski.
The new police department will be built at North 6th and Columbia Streets in downtown Lafayette adjacent to city hall.
A parking garage will be built underneath.
It'll provide parking for city hall and LPD employees and include more space for downtown Lafayette goers.
By the end of March architects and engineers will be chosen and then six to nine months later renderings will be available of the new building.
"Construction starting in 2021 and we hope to have that wrapped up by 2023," said Roswarski.
In 2023 Roswarski said he hopes the building at least quadruples in size.
"We want to build a building that we know is good for the next 50 years," said Roswarski.
The current station opened in 1995.
"When we moved in we were probably already out of space," said Flannelly.
The new space will allow for everyone to do their work better including dispatchers who currently work in the basement of LPD.
There will more room in the evidence room with a better ventilation system.
Overall Flannelly said it'll allow LPD to offer the best service it can to the community.
After the police station is finished work will begin on LPD's new training center.