Elizabeth City officials will soon begin negotiating the purchase of the former Albemarle Mental Health Center building on Main Street (shown Tuesday) for use as a new home for the Elizabeth City Police Department.

Jon Hawley/The Daily Advance

Elizabeth City officials will soon begin negotiating the purchase of the former Albemarle Mental Health Center building on Main Street (shown Tuesday) for use as a new home for the Elizabeth City Police Department.

City eyes former mental health site for new police station

By JON HAWLEY

The Daily Advance

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The former Albemarle Mental Health Center site on Main Street could soon become the new home of the Elizabeth City Police Department.

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city buys former mental health building

freespeaker, the Federal Building is owned by the U.S. Government hence the word Federal in the name and the walls are very thick, it also houses a Federal Courtroom (US District Court) in it, the Federal Probation Office, US Marshall, and maybe an FBI Office. Do you want to ask the Federal Government to sell the building that they built and own long before you were conceived? And the building they are looking at is about 65 years old (former J.C. Penny Building) and the building they are currently in is 50 years old!

avid reader

I put nothing, and I really mean NOTHING, past the less than logical thinking of the illustrious leadership of our fair city. Besides, the age of a building, much less the condition, is not even a factor (I give you the old middle school as an example). The really sad part of the whole matter is, the EC voters keep tolerating the huge wasting of money and the lack of leadership within city hall. It will take a massive shake-up, like that occurring @ ECSU to get EC government back on track, and I don't see that happening until they're completely broke (5-7 years down the road).

BIG.... parking lot behind

BIG.... parking lot behind (would be rear entry for officers) on Fearing St.

Just a question

Where will they park?

city owns lot behind buiding

and will set aside 60 of the 114 spaces for police parking. No police cars will be allowed to park on Main Street.

That was the first thing I

That was the first thing I thought of. They park all over the place around the Parker building.

Hold on WOW

Whoa, Nelly, whoa! You're really cramping the city leadership with fielding this question immediately behind this brilliant idea they have produced. You surely didn't expect them to think this idea completely through, did you? Of course, the answer is an easy one, not cheap, but easy. Phase one- buy the building and renovate it. Spend all of the $750,000 doing this, with a little over run costs to maintain their historic track record. Phase two- realize that parking was not even considered during the brilliant idea stage. Phase three- go to city council and get more money to buy the parking lot area behind building. Estimated cost $400,000 plus, after renovation of it with security fence, controlled access gating, and a state-of-the-art security surveillance system. Of course, there's always the possibility that the city would entertain buying the Federal building and tearing it down to make a parking lot. And finally, none of this happening and they just decide to park on the street. But then, the odds of correctly guessing what will REALLY happen is akin to correctly guessing the exact date and time of the second coming of Christ.

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