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Round Rock Recycling Former Police Station

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 09:47 PM CDT

City of Round Rock officials say they are planning for the future and saving tax payer money in the process. Instead of selling the city's old police station, they’ve decided to recycle it.

The former Round Rock Police station is located at 615 Palm Valley Blvd. and looks more like an abandoned apartment complex. On Wednesday crews will begin demolition work on the buildings and prepare it for a major renovation.

Members of the Round Rock City Council approved more than $3 million to convert the facility into a new municipal court and it will also house the city’s parks and recreation department.

We asked City officials whether it was a good use of tax payer dollars. Will Hampton, City of Round Rock Communications Director, says, “It’s absolutely a good use of tax payer dollars because, again, we're recycling a building."

The initial plan was to sell the property but once the buyer backed out, the city decided to keep it and renovate it. Hampton says their decision was based on the fact that Round Rock is a rapidly growing community. "When you're a fast growing community like Round Rock you’ve got to be thinking 5, 10, 15, 20 years down the road. Our parks system will continue to develop and the municipal court will continue to grow and this way we don't have to buy more land, we don't have to buy more buildings, we can renovate what we already have.”

Round Rock Residents we spoke with agree. Kevin Howell, who lives and works in Round Rock thinks it’s a great idea. “I'm really glad that council members are thinking outside the box and reusing stuff we already have instead of spending a lot more tax payer money,” Howell says.

The new building should be up and running by Oct. 2013.

By Lydia PantazesRound Rock Recycling Former Police Station


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