RALEIGH — The city will break ground Thursday on a four-story building for Raleighs emergency communications and operations centers.
The Critical Public Safety Center off Capital Boulevard will house the Raleigh-Wake Emergency Communications Center, along with the City of Raleigh emergency operations, traffic control and data centers.
The 95,000-square-foot building is designed to withstand hurricanes and tornadoes with winds of up to 140 mph. It will also have a backup power system to ensure the facility never goes dark.
The center is expected to cost about $71.1 million.
The cost is cheaper than the original plan of housing emergency, police and fire departments in a 17-story, $175 million building downtown. The city council was divided over the downtown centers cost and abandoned that project.
The new public safety center is expected to open by January 2016 on North Raleigh Boulevard, between Westinghouse Boulevard and Brentwood Road.