The Kannapolis police station was, at one time, a funeral home. It also has some plumbing issues. But the major issue is space.
"It was not built to be a secure police headquarters," Ann Gibson, the city's marking and communications director says. "With the new facility, they'll just be able to improve their operations tremendously. Everything from evidence storage, suspect security, really, all aspects of their operation."
On Monday night, all seven city council members voted to approve the use of limited obligation bonds to fund the $16 million construction project that is set to begin next year.
The new facility will bring about a dozen city departments under one roof including the city's Parks & Recreation department. It will be located on the site of the former Kannapolis Post Office, now a storage facility in downtown.