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Lawrence Police Department to Get New Headquarters

The Lawrence Police Department is going to get a new home on the city’s west side.

At least one important neighbor is not happy with where the city commission has chosen to build it.

The land is near the corner of sixth and Wakarusa, across from Free State High School.

The controversy is coming from the Lawrence City Commission’s vote to build the new $17 million headquarters right here.

Now this location is across the street from Free State High School, the Lawrence school board says the city did not seek input from the district about their concerns with building near the school. In a series of emails school board head Shannon Kimball says the city never contacted them for input and worries the use of land will impact the high school.

One of the major factors by the commissioners’ decision to build here is the size of the property for the headquarters. It’s big enough to expand in the future the commission voted to designate 16 of the 29 acres here. The area also has much easier access to major roadways like I-70 and K-10.

We reached out to the Lawrence Board of Education for further comment and have not yet heard a response.