Baltimore Police Department Central District to Move to Former The Baltimore Sun Building

| April 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Baltimore Police Department (BPD) Central District will be relocating from its building at 500 E. Baltimore St. to the former The Baltimore Sun building at 410 and 501 N. Calvert St. Downtown. A lease agreement with Atapco Properties was approved yesterday by the Baltimore City Board of Estimates.

The three-year lease includes 121,833 sq. ft. of office space in the 450,000 sq. ft. building and all but 50 spaces in the adjacent parking garage. The office space will be used by BPD and Fire Department and Emergency Management Services, as well as for other City purposes and agencies as deemed appropriate by the City.

“This is a win-win for Baltimore,” said Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young in a press release. “I believe strongly in fiscal responsibility and am pleased to identify and move forward with a unique opportunity to improve work conditions while also saving the City money long-term. By moving BPD and Fire offices from buildings that require tens of millions in capital to modern facilities that better serve the community, the City can eliminate those capital expenditures so we have more to spend on schools, recreation, and business recovery.”

“Another benefit of this move is that public safety will be increased in the neighborhood surrounding the new Central District property,” continued Mayor Young. “Additionally, we will continue to move forward with an effort to consolidate various public safety functions within the same building to create more operational efficiencies that will lead to better productivity and communication. This move will help us honor our commitment to provide our residents with world-class 21st-century policing services and will equip our public safety officers with state of the art facilities.”

Commissioner Michael Harrison fully supported the move and said in a press release that “most of our police facilities are dated and in desperate need of repair. The relocation of the Central District will improve operations and provide those men and women with much better workplace conditions than exist in the present building.”

The City is estimating the move will save at least $800,000 in deferred maintenance on buildings over the next four years.

The City will look to develop the buildings that will be vacated, including 500 E. Baltimore St. “One of my priorities as Mayor of Baltimore is to encourage and to enable development and redevelopment that does not leave any community, any block, or any of our neighbors out. The redevelopment of these properties will be done right and with full community participation,” said Mayor Young.

In a press conference, Mayor Young said his office is exploring the consolidation of many other City public services into this building.

The Baltimore City Police Headquarters will remain at 601 E. Fayette St., which is on the same block as the current Central District.

“We are very pleased that BPD will occupy portions of the former Sun building,” said Tom Mullen, president and CEO of Mercy Health Services and Mercy Medical Center, which is located across the street 410 Calvert St., in a press release. “This move is a very positive outcome both for public safety and ongoing economic development for the northern part of downtown and Mount Vernon. Mercy is excited and proud to welcome the men and women of BPD’s Central District as our new neighbors.”

“We are thrilled to be able to accommodate the needs of the Baltimore Police Department and its Central District police station. We believe it is a great fit and look forward to welcoming BPD to this unique and historic building,” said Patrick T. Coggins, executive vice president of Atapco Properties, in a press release.

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