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Vidalia Makes Deal for New VPD HQ
Wednesday, 18 August 2010

August 18--  The city of Vidalia is buying the former Piggly Wiggly store in Vidalia Plaza as the future home of the Vidalia police department.

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City manager Bill Torrance reports the city is buying the 42,000 square foot building and the surrounding parking lot for $500,000, and plans to spend at least $1 million more for renovations.

"The cost of the building coupled with the size of the building and the fact we have ample parking located between the Highway 280 pairs, it just made good sense to do it," he said.

Torrance says the police department will occupy up to 16,000 square feet and the city court will also be provided courtroom space.  He estimates 22,000 square feet will be used by other city activities which have yet to be determined.

"We're looking at a mall type situation where you come into a big hallway/courtyard configuration in the center with offices going off to the side. We'll take a few months to develop those ideas and then we will try to bid the police station out in January-February 2011 with six to eight months to build it," Torrance estimated.

The old police department building will be demolished and replaced by parking and greenspace.  The city will also provide another location nearby for the voting precinct which is now located in the police department, according to the city manager.

Torrance believes the city can offset some of the construction costs by selling property on Bay Street and Truman Street.  Other funds will come from sales tax revenue.

The purchase contract is with Hinesville attorney Noel Osteen and his Downtown Plaza Partnership, LLC which owns the shopping center.

 
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