- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - The Hammond City Council has approved the expenditure of $44,000 for the purchase and installation of flooring for the former Hancock Bank Building being renovated to serve as headquarters for the city’s police department.

Hammond Grants Director Lacy Landrum told The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1jR6bQ9 ) on Tuesday the $1.2 million conversion of the building is progressing on schedule and at a steady pace.

When the project is completed, which is expected late this summer, all police department activities spread out among several buildings will be under one roof.

Landrum said in addition to the renovations of the structure, on South Oak Street, an additional 2,500 square feet of space will be added bringing the headquarters building up to 12,500 square feet.

Funding for the police building came from a $600,000 grant in state Capital Outlay Funds and a matching amount from the city.

The Police Department also has expended funds for additional improvements to the building.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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