A possible option for Green Bay’s new Public Safety Complex

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The search for a location for a new Public Safety Complex in Green Bay continues. But as Local 5’s Kris Schuller tells us another possible site has been identified, one that Green Bay Police say deserves a serious look.

On a 10-acre tract of land behind the Green Bay Metro Transit Center – Green Bay’s police chief sees opportunity.

“This one particular property has a lot of things going for it,” said Chief Andrew Smith.

Smith was addressing Green Bay’s Finance Committee earlier this month saying it’s a site worth consideration as a location for a new Public Safety Complex.

“It seems like a good opportunity for us,” said Smith.

Police like the site north of the Metro Transit Center because it’s within two miles of downtown, the city already owns some property and it can fit a 135,000 square foot building.  Critical elements missing from eight sites already analyzed by consultants – where the focus was on identifying and renovating an existing structure.

“What they (consultants) came up with were a couple of buildings too small or land that was too small,” said Captain John Laux of the department.

“Every one of them had some negatives, either impeded by railroad tracks or the access to bridges was poor,” said Alderman David Nennig.

But while Nennig believes the location has merit he also suspects building new instead of renovating – will add to the projected $38 million construction cost. 

“How many homes would have to be demolished and relocated,” said Nennig.

All answers that will come with a site analysis that still hasn’t been done and won’t until funding for it is taken up by City Council in a month. A study that Laux hopes will ultimately be approved.

“I just want to make sure we build something that will be here the next 75 years –  so we’re not discussing this in another 20 years,” Laux said.

And going forward Nennig and Alderman Tom Sladek will join the search committee to make sure City Council is part of the process.

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