Public Safety Building and Parking Garage FAQ

Public Safety Building and Parking Garage

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I access information about the City of Lafayette's Public Safety Building and Parking Garage?

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What is the vision of the Public Safety Building and Parking Garage?

The Public Safety Building and Parking Garage is more than a building, it is a community gathering space where relationships can be built. It is the intersection where law enforcement and police officers, the community, people who need help, and people who want to help build the future can come together with the right type of technology and the right kinds of amenities to make that possible.

What is the purpose of the Public Safety Building and Parking Garage?

First it gives our police officers every tool they need to go home safe each night to their families. Secondly, to keep us all safe here in this community and to serve our constituents better, it provides an opportunity to understand how we police and to improve the policing dynamic. Finally, it welcomes community members to meet and gather in spaces like a Community Meeting Room and an outdoor terraced Plaza.

Why is the Public Safety Building and Parking Garage important?

It is anticipated that 50% of current administrative work performed by police officers will be reduced by new technology and improved flow in our future building. This will allow our police officers time to work differently in the community - partnering with schools, non-profit organizations, and mental health facilities as a resource - serving the community in ways beyond just enforcement, but as cornerstones to strong relationships that are part of the solution to keeping Lafayette safe.

Why do we need a building? Can't we just use the current Police Department Building?

In 1995, an expansion to City Hall was completed in order to accomodate the growing number of personnel in all departments. Space was dedicated to LPD who had 80 sworn officers at the time. Now, 25 years later, the City has expanded and in order to provide services to our larger population, LPD has doubled the number of officers. There is simply not enough space and City Hall was not originally designed properly for policing functionality.

The existing building is compartmentalized, lacks the necessary number of offices and square footage for evidence processing and storage, and has no natural light in much of the building which creates an inconducive work environment for many personnel.

What are the benefits of the new Public Safety Building and Parking Garage?

This new facility will serve as a downtown Lafayette centerpiece that is welcoming and accessible. The four-floor, 70,000 square foot building will allow natural light on every level. As the City of Lafayette grows and service calls increase commensurately, the new facility and new technology will aid in recruiting new officers, a nationwide struggle.

Why is the Public Safety Building and Parking Garage important?

It is anticipated that 50% of current administrative work performed by police officers will be reduced by new technology and improved flow in our future building. This will allow our police officers time to work differently in the community - partnering with schools, non-profit organizations, and mental health facilities as a resource - serving the community in ways beyond just enforcement, but as cornerstones to strong relationships that are part of the solution to keeping Lafayette safe.

Where will this new building be located?

The Public Safety Building and Parking Garage will be built in the existing LPD parking lot at the southeast corner of 6th & Columbia Streets.

How long is construction expected to take?

Groundwork for the project starts in May 2021. The anticipated completion date is the first part of 2023.

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