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Officials weigh options of possible additional building for police, sheriff

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Some officials in Lewis and Clark County say law enforcement departments in the Helena area need more space. Funds are already secured to get a more than $1.2 million building downtown. However now, they're considering buying the adjoining property.

Currently the sheriff's department, police department and detention center all share the same space.
The detention center will spread out into their current facility, while the police and sheriff departments move to Fuller Avenue.


Officials are considering buying the pillar building, which is actually connected to the police and sheriff's new space.It would add an additional 25,000 square feet of property and 42 more parking spaces. However, it will cost about $600,000 to purchase.

Having complete control over occupancy and ownership of the entire piece of property. Also the commitment and the message that it sends to the downtown area having these two government office continue to be downtown, said Roger Baltz, Chief Administrator for Lewis and Clark County.
 

The costs for the new purchase would be split between the city and the county. Baltz argues because of costly current fire codes, it might actually be more cost effective to purchase the pillar building.


City and county officials are meeting together today to discuss all of their options. However, they have a few more weeks until a final decision has to be made.
 

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