OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - A multi-million dollar project in Opelika is the last on the list of an effort to improve facilities in the city.
Construction is about to begin and we are getting a look at new renderings of the project.
Mayor Gary Fuller took office in the early 2000s and the police department is one of many facilities the mayor's administration wants to take to the next level.
"It's something we've thought about and talked about for a long time," said Fuller. "Our needs and requirements are different today than it used to be."
The city is expected to invest about $18 million taxpayer dollars into a new police department and municipal court.
City officials said on some days during the week, the current parking lot at the police department is overrun with cars because of court. Project managers are hoping to relieve headaches of folks who often use court and police facilities.
Captain Bobby Kilgore has been with the department for 28 years and said he's seen firsthand why the new building is a must.
"This is great. Everybody here is very excited," said KIlgore. "We have outgrown this building in all areas. Central evidence is a key and critical function for the department so it has to be enlarged, our patrol room as well."
City officials said the old Brown Center building will serve as a temporary court facility once construction gets underway.
"We've gotten full value out of what we've had. I think it's going to be an outstanding project and good for Opelika," said Fuller.
"Everything we've needed that has changed since 1967, we are about to get," said Kilgore.
Construction is set to begin in a few short weeks. Project managers expect it will be 18 months before construction is complete.