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Baton Rouge to buy former hospital site

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden says the city-parish will buy the former Woman's Hospital campus for $10 million and turn it into a public safety complex.

The Advocate reports Holden's Thursday announcement envisions using the 24-acre site to house the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Baton Rouge Police Department. No prisoners would be housed at the facility.

The sale includes the hospital building, medical office buildings, support service and storage buildings and a parking garage.

Holden said it could cost an additional $10 million to convert the building for government use.

"But even if we spend a total of $20 million, that's a fraction of the cost of constructing a new headquarters facility," he said.

City-parish officials are exploring financing options for the purchase.

Chief Administrative Officer William Daniel said the Woman's site was appraised for $19 million.

The city-parish has long considered options for a new city police headquarters.

The current headquarters on Mayflower Street was originally a school built in the 1930s. The Police Department moved into the building in 1989 for what was supposed to be a temporary stay.

The Sheriff's Office is leasing space at Metro Airport for its headquarters.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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