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Police center to open in the University District

Officials break ground on new community police center

Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Updated: Saturday, June 20, 2009 23:06

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Shino Omura

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Shino Omura

OSU President Karen Holbrook gave a speech along side Columbus mayor Michael Coleman at the groundbreaking of the new Moody Hall neighborhood policing station on Thursday, June 7, 2007.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and Ohio State President Karen A. Holbrook joined with Columbus City Council members, representatives of community organizations and USG President Kate Christobek at a ceremony June 7 to break ground for a new community policing center in the University District.

The new community policing center at 248 E. 11th Ave. will become the Precinct 4 substation for the Columbus Police Department and will be staffed by University Police.

The center will also hold the Community Crime Patrol, a Neighborhood Pride Center and space for outreach programming by University Police. It is scheduled to open in the summer of 2008 and will cost both the city and university $2.2 million.

During the ceremony, Mayor Coleman said the money the city and the university have each dedicated to the center is part of a comprehensive strategy to make the neighborhood safer for residents and visitors.

An artist's rendering of the new facilities set to open summer of 2008.
The center will be named in honor of Tom Moody, who served from 1972 to 1984 as Columbus' 44th mayor, and Bill Hall, who passed away while serving as OSU's vice president of student affairs in 2005.

During her speech, President Holbrook paid tribute to Bill Hall.

"(Hall) spent hours and hours and nights and nights all over this community making sure students safe," she said.

Columbus City Councilman Andy Ginther, Christobek, CPD Deputy Chief Stephen Gammill, OSU Division of Police Chief Paul Denton and Weinland Park Community Civic Association president Robert Caldwell also spoke at the ceremony.

Mayor Coleman and President Holbrook unveiled a sign marking the site of the construction before the gathered officials and representatives lined up at a row of polished shovels with scarlet and gray handles to officially begin construction.

Denton said the center will provide the department with a place to meet with students where they live.

He said these meetings will focus on general crime prevention information.

Robert Caldwell, president of the Weinland Park Community Civic Association, said he is satisfied with the location and the design of the center, along with eagerness to move ahead with the project.

"We want this up and staffed and open as soon as possible," Caldwell said.

Michael Paull can be reached at paull.15@osu.edu.

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