Cleveland police to stay in Justice Center for at least one more year

October 3, 2018

Cleveland police to stay in Justice Center for at least one more year

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland police headquarters will remain in the downtown Justice Center for at least one more year.

The city struck a deal with Cuyahoga County on Tuesday to rent its current space at the Justice Center for at least one year, Cuyahoga County spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan said.

The city planned to move out of the county-run building that houses the county jail and city and county courts in order to save money.

The city started paying rent to the county at $10 per square-foot per-month for the space the city police department occupies. The deal will cost the city $1.4 million per year, plus utilities. The rate is what the city already began paying on Oct. 1. 

The city struck a deal to buy the former Plain Dealer building on Superior Avenue, which houses cleveland.com, but that deal fell through.

The police department planned to scatter specialized units across the city, a move that angered and worried rank-and-file police officers.

The city’s new deal with the county puts those plans on hold. Cleveland police and city officials have not yet commented on the move. City spokesman Dan Williams refused to comment on the lease. 

Madigan said the lease begins Oct. 1, 2018 and goes for one year. The city has the option to renew the lease at the end of 2019 and 2020.

Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association President Jeff Follmer said he’s happy headquarters is staying put. 

“If you’re a business and you’re moving, you’re not moving, is someone held accountable for it?” Follmer said. “There should have been a game plan a long time ago.” 

cleveland.com reporter Eric Heisig contributed to this report. 

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