City Council committee discusses future plans for Columbia Pkwy, CPD’s D-5

Columbia Pkwy, D-5 HQ discussed

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Columbia Parkway and Cincinnati Police District 5 headquarters were on the City Council Budget and Finance Committee agenda Monday.

Columbia Parkway repairs are going to cost $17 million dollars -- the question right now is where is some of that money going to come from. There are two options on the table and the future of the Cincinnati Police Department’s District 5 building is in the middle of it.

One option council member David Mann is recommending would take from capital funds, the other would pull $6.2 million that was set aside for improvements for District 5′s building.

Right now holding off on Columbia Parkway is not an option, city officials say.

“I think we all agree that fixing Columbia parkway is a have to do item," said Council Member Greg Landsman.

As you probably know Columbia Parkway has been notorious for landslides. Cincinnati Police District 5′s building on Ludlow closed more than a year ago after concerns related to working conditions inside the building. The proposals discussed Monday would set aside $3.2 million for District 5 that would earthquake proof the building.

There have also been talks about combining District 1 and District 5.

“Please keep in mind that this is most likely the beginning," said Landsman. "We have under-invested in infrastructure and critical services for a long time.”

Both proposals are going to the full council for a vote on Wednesday.

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