Demolition is scheduled to start Aug. 12 as Rocky River moves closer to starting its $10 million police station project. Sitetech Inc. of Grafton was the low bidder for the demolition work with a $1.1 million bid.

City Council is reviewing that contract as well the lease for the temporary police quarters in the seven-story Westgate Plaza building off Linden Road, Safety-Service Director Mary Kay Costello said.

“Everything is moving forward with the legislation for the work on the demolition and preparations for the new station,” said City Council President Jim Moran. “The administration is setting up to get everything done as efficiently as possible.”

Moran said he expects council to act on the legislation in July.

The new police station project is expected to cost about $10 million. The new station will be triple the size of the current station and incorporate modern jail facilities that meet state standards. It is slated to open in October 2020.

While the work is going on, Rocky River plans to lease 3,000 square feet on the first floor of the Westgate Plaza building, which primarily has insurance and legal offices. The building complex has adequate parking for visitors as well as space in its underground garage for police vehicles, Police Chief Kelly Stillman said.

“People should be able to get in and out of the area pretty easily,” Stillman said.

The landlord will start converting the office space into police administrative offices this week, Stillman said.

“As soon as they’re ready at that building, we’ll start moving everything into the temporary offices so we can be out of the old building by the time demolition begins in August at the old station,” he said.

No prisoners will be housed at the temporary site. Rocky River has arranged to house its prisoners at the Westlake and Bay Village city jails.

Contact this reporter at assoceditor@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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