New $15-million VPD station announced
By Kim Bolan, Vancouver Sun
January 18, 2010 2:03 PM
VANCOUVER - Federal minister Stockwell Day announced the construction of a new $15 million Vancouver Police Department station on Monday.
The VPD will take over the Vanoc building at 3585 Gravely Street for its new headquarters.
Police chief Jim Chu said the police building at 312 Main Street will close, but the one at 2120 Cambie Street, which the department has outgrown, will remain as the main dispatch centre for uniformed officers throughout the city.
Chu said he still thinks the city should eventually have a new building constructed more centrally and specifically as a police station.
"We would like one centrally-located building," Chu said.
He said the 72 beat officers in the downtown eastside that call 312 Main Street home will remain in the neighbourhood.
More than 700 other officers and support staff will move to the new headquarters at 3585 Gravely.
VANOC's headquarters was formerly built and owned by a cell phone company (I believe it was Nokia), but they moved out and the City of Vancouver bought the building. After the 2010 bid was won, VANOC was in need of an office building...couldn't find the space it needed in Downtown, it looked elsewhere and approached the City to use its vacant building. The City always had something in mind for the Gravely campus.