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City of Lafayette Breaks Ground On $55 Million Public Safety Building

An artist rendering of the new Lafayette Public Safety Building (WBAA News/Ben Thorp)

The city of Lafayette broke ground on Tuesday on a $55 million public safety building.


Officials behind the project promised that by completion Lafayette would have “the preeminent police station in the Midwest”.

The new building will include more space for police, including a larger evidence room, but will also have a public parking garage. 

Mayor Tony Roswarski said improvements will make the department a better place to work while offering space for advanced technology. 

“Most importantly we’re going to give you every opportunity to make sure each and every night you go home safe to your families,” he said.

Chief of Police Patrick Flannelly said the building will take their department into the future. 

“Some of my peers told me I was a little crazy when I told them on the roof of this building or on the top of the parking garage we need to keep space for our flying police cars that we’re going to have in the future,” he said.

Construction is expected to be complete sometime in 2023. 


Chief of Police Patrick Flannelly at the groundbreaking Tuesday (WBAA News/Ben Thorp)