City of Nitro closes on new headquarters for police station, council meetings
Finding a new location for the Nitro Police Department, and for Nitro City Council meetings and municipal court, has been one of Mayor Dave Casebolt’s primary goals since being elected to office.
That goal has now been reached with the purchase of the former Peoplework Solutions building at 497 First Ave., S. The city closed on the deal just recently and will begin to remodel the building, which was also a former bank, to get it ready for the police department, council and municipal court.
Those entities are currently leasing space in the King’s Way Christian Church (the old Nitro High School) on 21st Street.
“We’ve been looking for a building since I became mayor,” Casebolt said. “We’ve looked at several locations around town, and then the Peopleworks building became available. It fits our needs pretty good.”
One of the things that swayed the city in favor of purchasing the building is that it won’t require a lot of remodeling. Casebolt said if everything goes as planned, the police department and other entities could move in by the first or middle of July.
Another factor is that it will save the city money in the long run.
“Any time you purchase property, you’re making an investment, and we felt this was a very good investment. We got it at a very fair price,” he said.
The city is purchasing the building for $480,000, with $70,000 down. The building’s owner is financing it at 3 percent over 20 years.
“Our payments on it are $1,707, which is about half of what our lease payments are.”
The two-story building, which is near the Richard J. “Dick” Henderson Memorial Bridge, will give the police department more visibility.
“It gets them into a more visible location on First Avenue. The building is in outstanding shape,” Casebolt said.
There is a small building next to it that the city plans to tear down to open up more parking spaces. The Peopleworks building also has a large awning on the side that covers drive-thru windows from its days as a bank.
“We’re going to take the awning off.”
Nitro Police Chief Steve Walker said the new police headquarters will be a big improvement over its current location.
“When he (Casebolt) became mayor, one of the priorities was to get the police department up to a nicer standard than what we’re in currently,” Walker said. “We’ll have quite a lot more space.”
The property has about 60 parking spots. Once the small building is torn down, there will be 70 to 75 spaces for parking.