Alley, old buildings transform
Crews recently finished work on the exterior of the Public Safety Building on Elm Street. A Nov. 18 memorandum from the city's Maintenance Supervisor, Tom Schwalen, says 95 percent of the police station part of the project is complete. A contractor will install doors and hardware within weeks. City staff has also pitched in to help complete prep work for painting, assemble workstations and desks, coordinate cleaning of old carpet and tile and run data and communication cabling.
The Fire and Police departments will soon move into their expanded space, which was created by remodeling the complex of buildings that used to serve as River Falls' City Hall. The project included demolishing about 5,000-square feet of the oldest structure, an area that became a parking lot and garage doors the Police Department will use.