TUPELO — The city of Tupelo will spend about $8 million on a new headquarters for the police department.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the bid was awarded Tuesday to West Brothers Construction Company.
Police Chief Bart Aguirre said the two-story building will bring most of the department’s employees and services under one roof for the first time in years.
Work on the 34,000-square-foot facility is expected to take about 18 months.
Plans for a new facility date to two city administrations ago, when city leaders issued bonds for a new police headquarters but never took action.
Instead, city leaders waited years for a federal investigation related to a contraband cigarette operation ended. Tupelo police assistance with the FBI and other entities resulted in the city acquiring $1.5 million and four acres of land at the future site of the headquarters.
Aguirre said a groundbreaking ceremony would be hosted soon to kick start the project.