Site cleared for police station
As the wrecking ball slammed into it again and again, you could feel the ground rumble from several feet away.
Alexandria's old sewer plant along 3rd Avenue West was demolished Wednesday.
It wasn't easy work. The circular building's thick concrete walls and rebar didn't give in without a fight but they finally came tumbling down.
The old park department building will also be torn down soon.
It's all to make room for a new Alexandria police station that will be built on the site, which is located near the new Douglas County Jail.
At its meeting Monday night, the Alexandria City Council accepted a bid of $316,139 from Mark Lee Excavating of Alexandria to complete the "phase one" site development work.
The existing police station, which the city is leasing inside the Law Enforcement Center on 7th Avenue East, is inadequate to serve the police department's current and future needs, according to city leaders.
The 24,000-square-foot facility, estimated to cost about $5.1 million, will house administration, records, offices for patrol officers and detectives, a community meeting room that could also be used for training, and other space for investigations, evidence processing and other police operations.
The old sewer plant, built in the early 1940s, was shut down when the Alexandria Lakes Area Sanitary District began operations in the early 1970s, according to sources with Alexandria Light and Power (ALP).
The plant, overloaded with demand from the city's growing population, was in pretty bad shape when it was abandoned, according to Dave Nelson, former ALP general manager.