The mayor and Board of Aldermen should reconsider what seems to be the majority’s “favorite choice” of the Trinity School site for the police department’s new location. The city-owned property seems to be one of the few really good locations for a possible move of the Frederick Community Action Agency at some point in the future.

Moving the FCAA four blocks south from its current location would probably save the city money, give the FCAA room to expand with more services, decrease the negative impact on the economy and safety of the downtown area, and preserve the value of this truly historic building where Abraham Lincoln once gave a speech.

One of the requirements for the new police location is that it be 1 mile from downtown. Other viable sites are within 1 mile, and from what I have been able to uncover there are many other possible sites beyond the 1-mile requirement. An alternative would be to keep a satellite station downtown and place the main headquarters in another location 2 to 4 miles from downtown.

Why now? Is it an urgent matter? It’s been talked about since the Grimes administration in the 1990s. It seems the need for more room should be less now than in the past. It’s my understanding that the station has become more of what is considered a “rolling office” because officers can do most of their paperwork in their cars due to technology upgrades. Alderwomen Russell and Kuzemchak are asking good questions.

It’s important that we look at what is good for the entire city now and in especially in the future. Let’s not be shortsighted. Is this truly the very best fit?

Karlys Kline

Frederick

(9) comments

gary4books

FNP "State Farm first opened an office in Frederick in 1965. In 1997, it built its current 406,000-square-foot building on a 102-acre site on Monocacy Boulevard." Which is larger than what th epolice requested: "When asked about what is needed today, Williams and Hargis agreed that if the city chooses the Trinity property, the department would need about 50,000 square feet, which would cost more than the city could afford."

Lev928

It's obvious that the author of the original author has a personal gain to seek, yet she is correct that it may not be the best location. The problem with her "opinion" ... which is just that ... is uneducated and unfamiliar with law enforcement requirements and necessities. There are standards that need to be met in addition to location: CALEA (agency certification), the state (law) and the department sets those standards ... not the public, nor those that stand to prosper off of a particular site that they want. The reality is that the police department will find the best location that best serves the community and it's agency, regardless of personal opinion and benefit.

Lev928

As DickD stated, the would be a great location. Especially if it is being unused and rotting away.

DickD

Kathy, please give all of the reasons that you think the new City Police Building should be within one mile of downtown - and spell out where in downtown or at least give a street name.

grisgris

Dick, I believe the 1 mile from downtown part came from the city or some panel for selecting a new site.

Lev928

grisgris is correct.

Dwasserba

It's not best all ways so discussion goes on. It can be difficult to exit from there in either direction, which would be ok if police cars entered and never left...the FCAA location to my knowledge does not afford space for the many cars. The State Farm building and surrounds just sits there, gigantic and spacious and imperfectly located. I have never seen all of the current location but I have been inside the door and anything that immediately feels so claustrophobic is critically too small for comfort. In a perfect world, we could just tell Costco to go somewhere else, its clientele will follow. Short of that, where?

DickD

State Farm location sounds like a great idea to me.

gary4books

State Farm - if they put a stop light at the entrance. Otherwise we will wait and wait for a break in the traffic.

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