LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-The city of Lafayette released renderings this Wednesday evening of what the new 55 million dollar public safety building and the parking garage will look like. It was part of a public forum the city held on Zoom. The mayor, as well as the police chief, say this new building is needed especially since in the last 100 years the city's population has more than tripled.
The garage will support both the City staff and the public to enjoy the activities and events of downtown or to do their daily business. With a continued focus on public spaces that serves the community, the site is proposing a green space between the parking garage and safety building for events, meetings, and public gatherings. Along with that, the new building will provide police with new technologies which will allow them to have more time for community involvement and policing.
“Our vision is relationships, our vision is how do we work with the public, how do we bring the police department and the public together,” said Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski.” “We also are looking at how we give our officers the tools so they go home safely at night and they keep us all safe. "
The police chief says that this new building will help them take police service to the next level. By that, meaning the community will be able to understand more of what they do on a day-to-day basis. Especially since parts of the new building will be open to the public daily.
"We plan to connect our officers with modern technology systems that will alleviate some of the tasks that require manual administrative documentation," said Lafayette Police Chief Patrick Flannelly.
The new building and garage will be built on the south side of Columbia Street, between 6th and 7th Streets, in downtown Lafayette. The city hopes to begin construction in the spring of 2021. They are looking for feedback from the community. If you would like to answer survey questions or see more of what the building will look like click here. The city will be holding another public forum next year before they break ground on the building.