City, Neighbors Break Ground On New Cincinnati Police District 3 HQ
New Site Designed To Better Serve 14 Neighborhoods On City's West Side
Today, the City of Cincinnati joined with neighborhood leaders and local students to break ground on the new Police District 3 Headquarters, the city's first new police station to be built since the 1970s.
Located at 2300 Ferguson Road near Glenway Avenue, the new Police District 3 station will proudly serve 14 neighborhoods: East Price Hill, East Westwood, English Woods, Lower Price Hill, Millvale, North Fairmount, Riverside, Roll Hill, Sayler Park, Sedamsville, South Cumminsville, South Fairmount, West Price Hill and Westwood.
City officials noted that the site was strategically selected because of its central location in the district's most densely populated areas. Plan Cincinnati, the first comprehensive plan in 30 years, helped guide a public input process that resulted in the Ferguson Road site.
The new facility replaces the existing station on Warsaw Avenue, which was built in 1908. While beautiful, the Warsaw building has become technologically and physically insufficient. At 39,000 square feet, the new facility more than doubles the space of the previous facility and will include community gathering space and public art.
"It used to be that when cities built civic buildings like this, they were places the community could come together," Mayor Mark Mallory said. "With District 3, we're doing that again. We want people to come here and feel comfortable coming here with their neighbors."
In addition to city officials, District 3's Citizens on Patrol and students from Dater Montessori, Dater High School, and Western Hills High School celebrated the groundbreaking.
District 3 is being built to the highest sustainable design status and will achieve LEED Platinum status. Beyond LEED credentials, the facility (potentially using PACE financing) is designed to achieve Net Zero Energy Consumption (meaning the facility will generate as much energy as it consumes).
Other notable environmental capabilities include a high performance building envelope, which will exceed code requirements to reduce energy demands; geothermal mechanical systems; and solar panels. The site is located at the high point of MSD’s Lick Run Valley project and will reduce potable water consumption by 30%. Onsite bioretention cells and strategic use of site design materials will also be used to alleviate the burden on the existing combined sewer overflow system.
Small businesses are going to be a big part of construction, too: The Design/Build teams were asked to exceed current standards, and as planned, this project anticipates 36.2% Small Business Enterprise inclusion – possible the highest percentage of a city project to date.