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Shorewood — The Shorewood Village Board has voted to move the Shorewood Police Department to the former AB Data building at 4057 Wilson Drive.

The police department currently occupies 5,200 square feet in an 89-year-old building at 3926 N. Murray Ave. that is also used by the North Shore Fire Department. The building is about five times too small, according to Zimmerman Design Group, which found that a 25-officer department requires approximately 25,000 square feet to operate most effectively.

Shorewood will pay $2.5 million to acquire the 28,000-square-foot AB Data building. The renovation of the facility would be completed in two phases and would bring the total cost of a new facility to $4.4 million. Construction is expected to start in early 2017 and be completed in fall 2017.

Part of the renovations include indoor parking for squad cars - a move many police departments are making, due to the thousands of dollars of computer equipment located inside the vehicles. The police department expects to have roughly 6,000 square feet of extra space, which could be used by community organizations in the future.

After 10 years of studies, the Shorewood Village Board concluded the AB Data building was the village's best option for a new police facility. Consultants calculated the cost of expanding the building would be $3.8 million and would add only 3,600 square feet of space. The construction of an entirely new building would cost nearly $8 million, not including acquisition and demolition costs.

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