Who’s Ready to Tour the New Lawton Public Safety Building?
We have been watching the progress for months. From the steel beams, to the Red Fire Bays, to the Landscaping, each step has us wandering just what this new building will look like inside! Well, it's nearly time to find out!
Opportunities to experience a guided tour of the new Public Safety Center, 100 South Railroad Street, will soon be available to community members through an online sign-up process: tinyurl.com/lawtonpsctour.
Due to COVID, the tours will be offered on a limited basis following a closed ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 16, 2021. The tours and event will be weather-dependent.
"Though this event may look a little different than previous ribbon-cutting ceremonies, we are still very excited to debut this building to the community and give so many of our hardworking public safety officials a new, beautiful home," said City Manager Michael Cleghorn.
The City of Lawton expects to receive keys to the building by the end of February; staff is expected to begin moving in following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The facility will house Municipal Court, the Police Department, City Jail and firefighting crews of Lawton Fire Department Station 1.
The move-in process is expected to take several weeks.The facility comes at a construction cost of approximately $34 million and is funded by the voter-approved 2015 Sales Tax Extension; the three-level building is 106,778 sq. ft.
Additional opportunities to tour and view the building will be scheduled once staff members are moved into the facility in months to come. A virtual tour of the building is also expected to be produced for the community during that time.
LOOK: Answers to 30 common COVID-19 vaccine questions
While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.