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New Signal Hill police headquarters for 2010

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BY NICK DIAMANTIDES
Staff Writer

The new Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) headquarters should be completed by early 2010, according to Charlie Honeycutt, Signal Hill deputy city manager. In his Feb. 12 report to the City Council, he states that plans were moving forward well.
A few years ago, city officials determined that the SHPD needed a building large enough to accommodate the department’s growth and equipment with modern technology. After several studies and community meetings, the council decided to locate the facility on the four-acre site near Walnut Avenue and 27th Street, formerly known as The Green. “The process to acquire the site is underway,” Honeycutt said. He explained, however, that 7,000 shares of the property were sold as oil field investments in 1922. Only 240 of the 2,667 owners have been found. The city mailed offers to buy to those owners and will use other legal means to acquire the remaining shares. Honeycutt said the city expects to own the entire site by October and begin construction by February 2009.
The city has budgeted $14.8 million for the project, but staff estimates it will cost only $13.1 million. Honeycutt cautioned, however, that the final cost of the 18,600-square-foot building could increase as construction costs rise.
After presentations by Honeycutt, Police Chief Tom Sonoff and WMM Associates architect Stephen Wiley, the council authorized the project management team to proceed with the facility’s final design.
During the meeting, the council also approved an $84,225 contract with Moore Iacofano Goltsman Inc. to conduct a study determining the city’s future park and recreation needs.
The next meeting of the Signal Hill City Council is scheduled for 7 p.m., Feb. 26 in the City Hall council chambers.

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New Signal Hill police headquarters for 2010