The Rocky River police station will start coming down later this month.

City Council awarded a $1.1 million contract on July 8 to Sitetech Inc. of Grafton, which specializes in industrial and commercial demolition. The company will tear down the 64-year-old building on the west side of City Hall.

The work is the first step in the city’s $10 million project to build a larger police station that is expected to open in October 2020 at Wagar Road and Hilliard Boulevard.

Asbestos must be removed from the building before it is razed. The contract includes site work for new storm drains and the front parking lot.

The demolition will finish at the end of October.

Police will move into offices on the first floor of the Westgate Plaza Building off Linden Road starting Monday. The jail has already closed and the city’s inmates are being held in the Westlake and Bay Village jails until the new station opens.

Mayor Pam Bobst said most of the demolition will affect only the driveways and parking lots of the police station.

Construction is to begin soon after the demolition finishes. Bids for electrical and plumbing will be reviewed in August and awarded around September. Work also includes a new entrance parking lot for City Hall.

“When this project is completed, you’ll have this very welcoming entrance to the front of City Hall,” Bobst said “I’ve always felt like it’s not a welcoming thing to come to city hall because you’re coming through the back and it’s not very easy to find.”

Contact this reporter at akamczyc@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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