BATAVIA/Federal omnibus legislation earmarks $2.5 million for new police facility – Video News Service

File photo of rendering-planned Batavia Police Dept. at Bank Street and Alva Place

Senator Schumer and former Representative Jacobs lead charge for funding for new facility and community complex

Press release

BATAVIA, NEW YORK – The City of Batavia today announced that the recently passed Federal omnibus legislation includes $2.5 in funding for the new police headquarters and community complex to be constructed on Bank Street and Alva Place.

“As a retired Batavia Police Lieutenant, I’m keenly aware of the importance of replacing the outdated 1850’s era police building with a modern purpose-built police facility.  The new building will be a huge asset to our police force and help them to better serve the members of our community.  Thank you to Senator Chuck Schumer and former Congressman Chris Jacobs for supporting the City of Batavia and our Police Department.” said Eugene Jankowski Jr, City Council President 

File photo of rendering-planned Batavia Police Dept. at Bank Street and Alva Place

“We are grateful for the support from Senator Chuck Schumer and former Congressman Christopher Jacobs for advocating on behalf of our efforts to secure this critically important funding for a new police headquarters,” said Batavia City Manager Rachael Tabelski.  “They both understood how important this funding was to our efforts to build a modern and welcoming facility that will be an integral part of community.”

The City estimates that the cost to build a new police department will be approximately $13 – 15 million.  The 19,000 square foot facility will be constructed on city owned property on and would provide connectivity and enhance the area between City Centre and the emerging Medical Campus.  Once completed, there would be 115 public parking spots available in nearby lots, in addition to free public parking on surrounding streets to serve the needs of existing businesses on Washington, Alva and State Streets.

File photo-current Batavia Police Department-Brisbane Mansion

“The current police headquarters was constructed in 1855 as a private residence and is out of date and inefficiently suited for a modern-day police department to properly serve the community,” said Batavia Police Chief Shawn Heubusch.  “We want a new facility that people from the community feel welcomed, and provide space for more engagement with the residents we serve.”

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