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Brecksville breaks ground for police station

Posted: September 20, 2017

by John Benson

 

Brecksville officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 21 at the site of the new police station, which will be built on Brecksville Road directly across from the fire station and City Hall.

 

“For many years, we have planned for a new police station and patiently acquired the four properties across from City Hall and the fire station,” Brecksville Mayor Jerry Hruby said. “A retail strip center and housing were proposed for the site, but when the city acquired the first parcel in bankruptcy, we set the path for use as a new police station.”

 

With Ted Lux, the city’s human services program coordinator, acting as emcee, the ceremony featured Hruby, Brecksville City Council members, Brecksville Police Chief William Goodrich and former chiefs Michael Carlin and Richard Mannarino, along with current and former police officers.

 

Expected to open in fall 2018, the facility has an initial project estimate of over $8 million. The mayor said the final cost hasn’t been determined. 

 

Initially, the plan for the new facility included a full-service jail and court. However, Hruby said during the planning process the city decided to eliminate the full-service jail, instead creating a regional emergency dispatch center.

 

“The shared Cuyahoga Valley Emergency Dispatch Center includes Brecksville and Independence,” Hruby said. “Both Broadview Heights and Seven Hills are considering their options, one of which includes joining with our center. There are other details being considered, as planning for this center is ongoing.”

 

Brecksville will close its jail and house prisoners at the Independence facility, Hruby said. 

 

“In the long and short term, our costs for jail and dispatch will decrease for both cities, yet we do not compromise efficiency and safety,” he said. “I can’t thank the residents of our community enough for their support of our law enforcement and for cooperating with our safety forces to make Brecksville one of the safest communities in the United States.”

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