Detroit police and fire HQ move to old casino

The city of Detroit has bought an abandoned MGM Casino (it was supplanted by a bigger, glitzier one) to house the fire department and police HQ; it will also house the long-shuttered police lab, closed in 2008 because of "processing errors."
"I am glad to finally be able to move our officers into a safe, sound and functional structure that is also citizen friendly and accessible," Mayor Dave Bing said in a statement today. "This represents an important step in making our city more operationally efficient ... and safe."
Detroit to purchase old MGM Grand casino for new police HQ (via Consumerist)

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  1. Some days I love living in Detroit. News of our Police and Fire Departments moving to an old casino makes this one of those days.

  2. Even at 53 mil, I think they are getting a real deal. Here in Vancouver, we just got a billion (883 million) dollar convention centre, which looks like a glass parkade. No world renowned architecture, no signature building for the city, just a shed that will remain empty for many days on any given year.Add to that the fact that convention centres rarely make a profit, and feel the taxpayer pain.

    Just take a look at their awe inspiring cover picture on their website:
    http://www.vancouverconventioncentre.com/

  3. 400,000 square feet for $6M is an absolutely awesome deal. An extra $47M? Still cheap. But, I don’t understand why they’d pay for the labor to do renovations. Just have the prisoners do it! There’s a lot of skilled labor in jail in this state.

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