The Chapel Hill Police Department plans to relocate from its current station at 828 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to a space in The Parkline building at 1830 Fordham Blvd.
The department is moving due to deterioration of its current building, which was built in 1982. The new location is about four miles away from the MLK Jr. Boulevard station.
During its Sept. 13 meeting, the Chapel Hill Town Council voted unanimously to approve a lease to take out space at The Parkline for the department. The lease has not been finalized yet, Alex Carrasquillo, the Town's community safety public information officer, said in an email.
The decision comes after years of environmental concerns about the department's current location due to the discovery of coal ash under the station and in the surrounding area.
At the council meeting, Chapel Hill police chief Celisa Lehew discussed the conditions of the department building and displayed images of its maintenance issues to council members.
She said that during a recent weather event, their generator failed and compromised their record-keeping system.
"On Monday, a member of our professional staff arrived to work to find her computer destroyed from a water leak," she said at the meeting.
Furthermore, the week before the meeting, Lehew said she grabbed a uniform out of her locker to find that it was full of mildew.
Carrasquillo said that The Parkline building would address the police department's need for additional space for training and storage, both of which are limited at their current station. He said it would also provide space to accommodate the department’s officers and administrative staff, as well as parking for patrol cars.