FORT MYERS, FL (Sept. 11, 2019) – Fort Myers Police Department personnel could be reporting to a new headquarters building within the next 18 months. The city announced its intent to purchase the former News-Press building, located at 2442 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Fort Myers.
“It’s a fresh start for FMPD in a location providing enough space for state-of-the-art training facilities and tactical support for our officers,” said Saeed Kazemi, P.E., City Manager. “The Midtown property is close to our government center, plus renovating an existing building with a shorter time to completion is ideal.”
FMPD Police Chief Derrick Diggs shared the plans with officers in an internal briefing today. “Our officers are beyond excited at the thought of having enough space to carry out their law enforcement activities,” said Diggs. “In addition to a shooting range and fleet management facilities, we will be able to provide community outreach and education services previously conducted offsite.”
The investment emphasizes the city’s commitment to developing Midtown, ultimately transforming the area extending south from downtown into a vibrant, mixed-use destination. Infrastructure upgrades, including utility work and streetscaping, begin later this year as a part of a five-year capital improvements plan. The new police headquarters will be adjacent to the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s Collaboratory & Tech Hub and FMFD’s Station #1, guided in part by development framework set forth in the city’s award-winning Midtown Vision Plan.
The FY2020 budget, pending approval by city council on September 23, includes purchase of the property and anticipated renovations. The city expects to complete the transaction by the end of the year and start work on the project in early 2020.