Construction for new Auburn public safety building approved

uesday the council approved an ordinance to issue general obligation warrants in the amount of $30.61 million for the construction of the new Public Safety Complex. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
uesday the council approved an ordinance to issue general obligation warrants in the amount of $30.61 million for the construction of the new Public Safety Complex. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Progress is happening with the development of the new public safety building in Auburn.

Auburn's city council took the last legal step needed to complete the financing process of the new public safety building.

On Tuesday the council approved an ordinance to issue general obligation warrants in the amount of $30.61 million for the construction of the new Public Safety Complex. The complex will be around 70,000 square feet and will house a new fire station, public safety administration, the police division, auburn municipal court and a bare city council chambers.

"It ended up, after bids and everything, being around $33 million. So we knew we were going out to borrow the money to pay for that facility. So what the council did at the last meeting was authorize us paying back the principal amount of $30,610,000, which is what the principal amount of the bonds were," said Auburn City Manager Jim Buston.

Demolition of Fire Station 1 is already underway and is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

A groundbreaking for the new building is tentatively scheduled for May 30.

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