TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa city leaders felt it would be cheaper to buy a brand new HVAC heating and cooling system rather than continue spending the amount of money it already has to keep the old system running at police headquarters.
The renovations will force officers out of the building for as long as a year. They could start moving out in December or January.
The current heating and cooling system used in the building dates back to the early 1990′s.
Police Chief Steve Anderson suggested the city has spent several hundred thousand dollars to maintain recently. Installing a new heating and cooling system will cost around $2 million.
“We were able to strike up a deal where we can use the old Oak Hill School at Bowers Park as a temporary headquarters while we undergo this renovation here at the Police Department,” said Anderson.
Chief Anderson thinks installing that new system could take between 9 months to a year. He doesn’t believe the move will cause any major disruption of services police offer the public.