• New OPD headquarters to be smaller, located near Citrus Bowl


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Channel 9 Eyewitness News has learned details of the plans Orlando has for a new police headquarters.

    Right now the Orlando Police Department headquarters is downtown, next to the Amway Center. But the city is looking to spend $40 million to move the department closer to the Citrus Bowl.

    Residents who live near the Citrus Bowl told Channel 9's Racquel Asa that they are eager to welcome their new neighbor.

    The new police headquarters will be much smaller than the current headquarters building.

    The department doesn't use the entire building, which takes up a whole city block.

    Before OPD can move, plans for the 7.5 acre property near the Citrus Bowl must be finalized.

    Lynx currently uses the land for their vehicle maintenance and administrative offices.

    "At night time they get robbed all the time here when they put in gas," said convenience store owner Jamil Ali.

    The property is just down the block from Ali's store and gas station. He said problems at his store have him calling 911 at least three times a day.

    He likes the idea of the police moving into his neighborhood.

    "It's very good for us. Doesn't matter if we lose business, it's OK," said Ali

    The city will need to spend $40 million dollars to take over the land,  design the headquarters and build it. But that won't happen until the Orlando City Council approves buying the property.

    The land is estimated to be worth nearly $3.4 million.

    A Police Department representative said details on the headquarters project will be revealed at a Wednesday press conference.

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