BALTIMORE — The City's Board of Estimates on Wednesday voted to approve a lease that will relocate the Baltimore Police Department's Central District station and several other public safety functions to the former Baltimore Sun building on North Calvert Street.
Commissioner Michael Harrison says the move will provide officers with better workplace conditions than the E. Baltimore Street building they're currently at, “most of our police facilities are dated and in desperate need of repair. The relocation of the Central District will improve operations and provide those men and women with much better workplace conditions than exist in the present building.”
The City says the move will save them at least $800,000 in deferred maintenance on buildings over the next four years. Officials say the current buildings cost tens of millions of dollars in capital liability.
Mayor Jack Young sees the older facilities being re-purposed for community-focused development. “One of my priorities as Mayor of Baltimore is to encourage and to enable development and redevelopment that does not leave any community, any block, or any of our neighbors out. The redevelopment of these properties will be done right and with full community participation,” Young said.