Progress on New 20th District Police Station

Terry Levin, (312) 744-9277

The Daley administration is making steady progress in building the new 20th District police station, according to a progress report issued Thursday.

“About 20% of the construction has been completed and we are on target so far to have the building completed by the end of next year,” Public Building Commission executive director Eileen Carey said.

The new police station, funded through Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Neighborhoods Alive program, is being built on the 5400 block of North Lincoln Avenue.

The new station will feature state-of-the-art computers and other crime fighting equipment; better facilities for the officers; and space for community policing programs.

It will be more than four times the size of the existing station, which was constructed in 1938 and is one of the half-dozen oldest police district buildings in Chicago.

When finished, the new facility will have features that weren’t dreamt of during the Great Depression, including separate locker rooms for female officers, Carey explained. Also, the building will be completely accessible for people with disabilities.

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