NEWTON, Kansas – The Newton City Commission approved the old Dillon’s building at 320 N. Main to be purchased for the new Police Department building.
The Newton Police Department asked for new space in 2010 which would’ve cost around $10 million but were turned down.
Newton police says using the old Dillon’s building would only cost around $1 million to purchase and get up to date for department use.
City staff negotiated the property down to $475,000 which is about $25,000 under property value.
Mayor Glen Davis is in support of purchasing the building said, “This is not a want, it is a need for our community.”
Newton City Commissioners voted 5-0 to purchase the property and authorized the use of bonds if needed.
WDM Architects have been approved to design new law enforcement center before the Police Department takes over the new building.