Tuesday night Brookhaven city leaders moved closer towards making the plans for a new Public Safety Building a reality when they approved a construction contract for the project with BM&K. This new facility will be located at 1793 Briarwood Road on a 19-acre tract of land. This new addition to the Brookhaven community will feature state-of-the-art amenities and room to grow for the Brookhaven Police Department (BPD) and Municipal Court. As an added bonus, the Public Safety Building will be located adjacent to the signature trailhead for the Peachtree Creek Greenway. This proximity of police to the greenway will provide enhanced security for the area.
The construction contract for the $15 million facility is funded with SPLOST proceeds, approved by voters in November 2017. The new building will be twice the size of the current police headquarters with over 33,000 square feet and room for 168 parking stations. An article by the City of Brookhaven detail that, “The building will be outfitted with amenities that coincide with the Sustainable Brookhaven initiative including having geothermal heating and cooling, and high-efficiency glass windows. The property will also have EV charging stations available for public use and for electric police vehicles.”
Mayor John Ernst stated in an article published by the City of Brookhaven, “The addition of this new building reflects the City’s vision to invest in and grow our physical resources to meet the needs of the residents and employees. The new public service building plays an important dual role: to provide adequate space for the BPD and Municipal Court and serve as a safety guardian at the trailhead of the new Peachtree Creek Greenway. The old facility had long been inadequate in terms of accommodating our police and court system. Not only will we now be able to meet these needs, but this new facility should prove to be an important catalyst for redevelopment in this area of the City.”
Due to be completed by the summer of 2021, the new public safety building will be a welcomed addition to the Brookhaven landscape. An official groundbreaking for the new building will be held later this year.