New West Side police station opens

WESTWOOD, OH (FOX19) - Congressman Steve Chabot, Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, Vice Mayor David Mann marked the grand opening of the new District 3 Police Headquarters this week.

Nearly 200 uniform and civilian employees will begin working Thursday in the 39,000-square-foot facility on Ferguson Road that more than doubles the existing police station built in 1907 along Warsaw Avenue.

District 3 patrols 14 neighborhoods on Cincinnati's West Side: East Westwood, Westwood, East Price Hill, West Price Hill, Lower Price Hill, Saylor Park, Sedamsville, Riverside, North Fairmount, South Fairmont, South Cumminsville, Roll Hill, English Woods, and Millvale.

The new building is a LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy facility able to generate as much energy as it consumes. It is one of the most sustainable public safety buildings in the country, according to Cincinnati police.

Among the green features of this facility are solar panels to produce electricity, geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting, super-insulating triple pane (bullet proof) windows, and bio-swales that capture and hold rainwater.  It also use less than 50 percent of the energy required to operate a typical 24/7 public safety building of this size.

The station is designed to welcome visitors and includes a 'Community Room.'  The design of the building, including the exterior plaza columns, reflects the history of the 14 communities.