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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham leaders agree the city's police and fire departments need a new headquarters and more space.

City leaders remain divided about where that headquarters should be located. Some favor the old Social Security building behind the BJCC. The lease would cost taxpayers as much as $139-million over 30 years.

Others believe the abandoned Carraway Hospital is the best choice. That would require renovations - estimates have that costing between $40-million and $60-million. Not everyone is buying those numbers.

"We have to reach a decision for the citizens of Birmingham. Whether it's Carraway or the Social Security building or if it's building a new one, it has to make financial sense," said Councilman Johnathan Austin.

Councilman William Parker is planning a meeting in the Norwood community to discuss the possibility of using Carraway. Council members want to make a decision soon.

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