On North Lafayette Drive, crews are finishing the final steps on the construction of two new buildings that will benefit local first responders as well as Sumter residents.
The $10.6 million Public Safety Complex - a 2014 Capital Penny Sales Tax …
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The $10.6 million Public Safety Complex - a 2014 Capital Penny Sales Tax project - to construct new fire and police department headquarters began in January 2017 and is anticipated to be complete by the end of the month.
If everything falls into place, said Michael Geddings, construction manager for the city of Sumter, the plan is to begin final inspections of both buildings near the end of April and to start moving in during May.
The complex will include a 36,000-square-foot police department building and a 21,600-square-foot fire department building with a four-bay garage.
Both buildings are down to the final stages, Geddings said, which includes connecting equipment, installing appliances, testing systems and cleaning. Flooring at the fire department building is expected to be complete by today or sometime next week, he said.
Geddings said crews will continue to patch walls in both buildings, paint and finish other small projects in the coming weeks.
He said final landscaping, paving and exterior concrete work will also be completed during that time.
Located behind Walgreens on North Lafayette Drive, the complex is approximately half a mile away from the existing fire and police department buildings.
The move will also provide the opportunity for first responders to install the digital E911 radio console system that was also purchased through the 2014 penny tax.
Upgrading the E911 system allows first responders to keep in contact in more areas with the installation of radio equipment on more cellular towers in the city and county and a switch from analog to digital radios.
Installing the console at the Public Safety Complex will mark the final piece of the project.
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