HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - After years of discussion, negotiations and planning, it appears a new state-of-the-art law enforcement complex will finally become a reality in Hattiesburg.
Mayor Toby Barker announced Tuesday morning that the city and Hanco Construction have agreed on a contract to build the $26.5 million public safety building. The city council voted to approved the contract Tuesday evening.
“We fully anticipate moving forward with a building that we can be proud of at a price tag we can afford,” Barker said.
Work to start building the new police department and municipal court facility has been in the works for nearly seven years.
Last year, the city completed demolition and asbestos removal at the site of the old police station at the corner of Hall Avenue and Edwards Street. Next came water and sewer work to prepare for the new complex.
Barker said he appreciates the work of everyone involved in getting the project off the ground.