New Police Facility

This page will be dedicated to updating the community on the progress of building the new police facility. We will be posting updates as they occur. Please check back frequently for new updates.


08-22-2014The city has been busy acquiring properties for the now preferred site at the SE corner of SR 59 and S. Depeyster St. Click here Property Acquisition Update Map to view a map of the area in question. You must have Adobe® Reader to view the file. The map depicts approximately 18 properties that are desired for the building. Most properties have already settled on a purchase price and are awaiting closing of the sale. Kent City Council approved the use of eminent domain to acquire property at 14 Tonkin Ct., 224 and 228 College Ave., 227 and 233 College Ave. The green-colored properties have an agreed purchase price, the yellow-colored properties are not yet settled and the red property has not yet settled. KCC agreed to not use eminent domain on this property.

Kent City Council also voted to build the new station as an environmentally friendly "green" building. The building and construction will endure a complex LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) "silver" certification process. This process will ensure green building materials and high energy efficiency for the life of the building.


07-18-2014Since the passage of the earned income tax issue in November, much has been happening behind the scenes preparing for the construction of the new police building.

The preferred location that originally scored highest in the site selection analysis was the N/E corner of E. Summit and S. Water St. Initial environmental concerns on two of the parcels was an expense overwhelming the budget for property acquisition. Further discussion and studies deemed this location too problematic and costly for any more consideration.

March 2014 - The city selected its preferred property site, second highest rated in the site analysis study, which is located at the southeast corner of Depeyster and Haymaker Parkway, which is the dead end of College Street. After a third-party conducted a series of environmental studies, the city moved to begin property acquisition. We are currently in the process of contacting and negotiating with property owners and hope to have this complete by August 2014.

March 2014 - During this time, we also formed an Architectural Review Committee, which consisted of city staff administrators that sent out a bid for architects. After reviewing bid packages and several interview sessions, the city selected Dave Sommers & Associates, LLC. This Kent-based architectural group shares a similar vision and enthusiasm of a new police station who pride Kent as their home, a value not lost on the selection committee. We are confident they have the skills, expertise and leadership to design a building we will be proud of for decades to come.

June/July 2014 - We have met with the architects to do a space analysis to determine what space we have and what space we will need, leaving room for future growth. Part of this pre-design phase is determining relationships and adjacencies of space. These adjacencies are important to functional operations and working efficiently. Architects and police staff members have also toured new police facilities to garner some insight that other jurisdictions have experienced in new police facilities. This has been a valuable and inexpensive way to educate us along the design process.

The architect will now begin working on the layout and renderings for the building. The goal is to begin construction next summer with an 18-month build period. If all goes to plan, the building will be ready by November 2016.


11-21-2013 One of the first processes that is now taking place is the hiring of an architect. A committee has been formed involving Chief Lee and a few other city administrators to review architect qualifications. Then we will place an ad for any architects with the necessary qualifications to apply for bidding the project. The committee will review all the qualified architects and rate them until we finalize a firm. The timeline on this process is about 6 weeks to 3 months, depending on many variables. We are currently scheduled for our second meeting to begin defining qualifications of an architect.

In conjunction with the RFQ process is the beginning stages of property acquisition. The timeline on property acquisition is 6 to 18 months.




This page is dedicated to the Income Tax Issue that will be on the ballot on November 5, 2013.This is the issue that will provide the funds to build a new police department. Please check back frequently for updated information. We want the voters to learn the facts and be informed voters.

These documents are PDF files, and you must have Adobe® Reader to view these files.


The Daily Kent Stater recently published an article about the deficiencies in the Kent Police Department jail. Read the article here.


The Daily Kent Stater also interviewed Lt. Mike Lewis about the jail. See the video and read the article here.


The Record Courier published an editorial concerning Issue 4, the Income Tax Issue on October 9, 2013. Read the article here.


View two videos explaining why the City of Kent needs a new police building.

Income Tax Income Tax Short Version

Artist Rendering of New Police Department


Income Tax Issue Brochure

The City of Kent has prepared an informational brochure regarding the proposed earned income tax. Please take a moment to read it...learn the facts. The election is November 5, 2013. Click here to see the Income Tax Issue Informational Brochure


City Services Are At Risk

08-16-2013 The City of Kent is dedicated to being open, honest and transparent with residents, and right now, our City requires a police facility that meets codes and safety guidelines.

This November, our community has two choices:

  1. Pass a temporary 0.25% earned income tax increase. This would allow the City to construct the needed police facility while maintaining all present city services.
  2. OR
  3. Significantly reduce services. The City would still construct the needed police facility using funds from the existing city services budget.

The current deteriorating and obsolete police facility … continue reading


Kent City Council is asking voters to make an investment in their safety services during the November 5, 2013 election by approving a 0.25 percent earned income tax issue that would generate about $1.3 million annually for construction of a new police facility.

This is not a permanent increase. Once the new building is paid for, the money will no longer assessed.

The current building – originally constructed in 1924 for the Kent Fire Department – has a wide range of documented physical deficiencies that continually require costly, short-term fixes.

The structure is not in compliance with modern-day building or zoning codes, National Fire Protection Association requirements, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction regulations or the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of the current police department. Hosted by Chief Lee. Each video is several minutes long and show most of the police department. Click here to go to the videos.


Facility Study

The City of Kent recently commissioned an analysis of the current police building. It is one of the more thourough examinations of the current building.

There are two parts to the study. The first was a Facility Study that defined the deficiencies that currently exist within the safety facility. The study in its entirety may be found here.

The second part of the study is an analysis of options to resolve the deficiencies found in the first study. This study in its entirety may be found here.


Space Programming

This document shows the amount of space recommended for the new facility. The recommendation is based on research done on other police facilities. Click here to see the Space Programming


Scope of Work

This document is an estimate of costs done by each stage of work. Click here to see the Scope of Work


Budget Scratch Sheet

This document is an estimate of the amount of money needed for buidling the facility, and other costs associated with aquiring a new facility. There are two sets of estimates. The bottom one is an older version, applicable to the issue voted on in 2012. The top one is the most current version. These numbers are subject to change as time goes on Click here to see the Budget Scratch Sheet


Time Line

This document is a time line indicating the amount of time it will take to build the facility. Click here to see the Time Line


Questions about the new building?

Still have questions about the new building? Click here to see the answer to some questions


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