Complete construction and begin operations at the new Public Safety Campus by 2024.
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Target: Complete construction and begin operations at the new Public Safety Campus by 2024.
Current performance: Please see update below.
To better serve the public and meet operational needs, in 2018 the City of Tallahassee began identifying and assessing site options for a new police headquarters. After extensive community engagement, Northwood Centre site was selected, a 27-acre parcel at 1940 N Monroe Street. The Northwood Centre was originally developed in the late 1960s as a suburban shopping center. The City purchased the parcel at auction for $6.8 million in 2019.
Following the conclusion of the site selection process, staff embarked on the pre-design phase of the project. Pre-design included gathering technical information on existing site conditions, such as traffic flow and land surveying. A spatial needs assessment was done to identify the general size, configuration, and location of the TPD headquarters facility on the parcel. Initial demolition activities began in 2021 to ready the site for redevelopment. As a part of the pre-design phase, outreach to adjacent neighborhoods, schools, and businesses continued and staff worked hand-in-hand with the Northwood Centre’s previous tenants to address their occupancy needs. The pre-design phase of the project was completed in February 2022.
As of April 2022, the Northwood Mall facility was fully knocked down and its foundation has been removed. Demolition materials and equipment were reused, repurposed, or recycled to the maximum extent practicable, consistent with the City's recently adopted Green Building Policy. In 2022, staff also transitioned into the schematic design and design development phases, begun assessing the roadway infrastructure and utility installation that will be needed, and initiated master-planning for the remainder of the 29.5-acre site.
Throughout the planning and construction process, the City has engaged in extensive public outreach to solicit input on the construction of the new TPD headquarters. In January 2022, the City of Tallahassee held a community meeting with nearly 200 residents in attendance and another on March 29 that drew 100 attendees. In addition to the public comments provided during these community forums and at City Commission meetings, more than 700 emails were also received. The feedback shared represents a broad cross-section of the Tallahassee community and is being used to aid in the development of a long-term master plan for the parcel.
As visioning continues for the future of the Northwood parcel, community engagement activities will continue with additional meetings anticipated to collect community input. In addition to being home to the new TPD headquarters, the site presents opportunities for green space, community amenities, and other economic development projects. Ongoing community participation will ensure redevelopment evolves to best serve residents. Ideas, comments, and questions can be shared through NorthwoodProject@Talgov.com or through the project’s official Talgov.com/NorthwoodProject website.
Tallahassee Police Department; Environmental Services & Facilities Management. Last Updated: December 2022.