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City withdraws from plan to move police headquarters to former Plain Dealer building

Posted at 6:00 PM, Sep 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-25 12:18:37-04

The City of Cleveland has backed out of the purchase of the former building for the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, which was to be the Cleveland police headquarters.

“At this time the City of Cleveland no longer desires to pursue the purchase of 1801 Superior Avenue property for the Cleveland Division of Police Headquarters with GLP Superior LTD,” the city stated in a letter to the current owners of the building, which at one time was the home of the Plain Dealer.

The city council approved the purchase of the property and the relocation of the police headquarters back in July. At the time, city officials said they wanted to move the headquarters out of the justice center, which they said had problems with access, storage space and limited parking.

The relocation project was estimated to cost the city $60 million, and the city had hoped to be up and running at the former Plain Dealer building by spring of 2019.