- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - After months of dirt work and work underground, residents are now seeing the future home of the Tupelo Police Department moving skyward, according to Police Chief Bart Aguirre.

“We are on schedule. Right now, they are working on the pillars, the stairwells and the elevator shaft. Once that is done, things will appear to move a lot faster,” Aguirre told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1NlyuEB ).

The city broke ground on the $10 million, 34,000-square-foot police headquarters in early April.

The first 10 weeks of the project were dedicated to giving the two-story building a stable foundation.

“They should start pouring the concrete for the first floor in two or three weeks,” said Aguirre. “The construction schedule says the slab on grade will be poured and finished by July 15.”

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 until 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.


Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, https://djournal.com



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