Lansing Police Searching For Single-Location Headquarters

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

Before taking over as Lansing's Interim Police Chief, earlier this year, Mike Yankowski spent three years at the North Precinct, as a captain. He remembers the issues at the May Street location well.

"Leaks in the roof, we've had some heating and cooling, h-vac system, some boiler issues," he said.

But LPD may not have to deal with those problems much longer. The city's lease is up August 31 of next year and with the City of Lansing looking to drop the $360,000 a year rent agreement, the big question is what's next?

One option is to return police to the department's downtown headquarters on Michigan Avenue, but Yankowski says that brings about too many issues of its own.

"We have almost 40 female officers, there's no locker room space for that," said Yankowski. "There's no parking for our patrol vehicles or detective vehicles."

Another possibility is the old Armory on South Washington Ave. The centrally located building is the mayor's preferred location.

"It's a very strong building. The foundation is solid, but it'll need a lot of work," he said. "Any facility, if you build from the ground, up, it's going to cost a lot of money."

Refurbishing the Armory for police operations would also take time, something the city doesn't have because that money hasn't been budgeted yet. Still, everyone agrees a decision will have to be made soon, which the mayor and Interim Chief Yankowski say could be just to stay put, for now.

"It may be that we have to look at a temporary, maybe extension of where they are now or another facility temporarily while the Armory is prepared to become the permanent police department," said Yankowski.

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