Double-parked police cars and fire apparatus will be coming to Niagara Square late next year. The City is in the process of buying and converting the former Michael J. Dillon federal courthouse into the new headquarters for the police and fire departments. The prime site was chosen over an alternative plan to buy and renovate a former K-Mart at 998 Broadway.
The Buffalo News has the scoop:
The Brown Administration declined to comment on its public safety campus plans, saying it’s premature to discuss it. But sources told The News that the city is expected to close on the property in mid-to -late November, and hopes to complete renovation so that the former federal courthouse can reopen as a City of Buffalo public safety complex in September 2017.
Buffalo Police headquarters is currently located at 74 Franklin St., at the corner of Franklin and Church streets, and Buffalo Fire headquarters is a few blocks away at 195 Court St. The two headquarters have been at their current locations since the 1930s.
The City is expected to sell the current police headquarters and Franklin and Church streets but will retain the fire headquarters property behind City Hall.