COUNCIL BLUFFS — The final steel beam is in place at the new headquarters of the Council Bluffs Police Department.

A “topping off” ceremony was held last week as the department, city officials and others involved in the effort to bring a new police station to the city celebrated the construction benchmark.

“This is an incredible milestone for us. Five months ago we were standing here on grass,” Police Chief Tim Carmody told the crowd Tuesday at the Woodbury Avenue site of the new facility. “This beam will be here as long as this building stands.”

Attendees were given the opportunity to sign the beam with messages of support and well wishes for the new headquarters. Carmody said work on the building is projected to be completed by early November of next year. With the steel in place, interior work will continue through the winter. Temporary walls have been erected to help crews work during cold weather.

Carmody said the project is currently on time and under budget.

“Everything you hope for is coming true,” Mayor Matt Walsh said of the project.

During a quick tour of the site, Carmody said, “It’s really coming together.”

When completed, the 58,000-square-foot facility will feature a main building to house officers and civilian staff, along with a storage area and garages for motorcycles and bicycles, as well as a building to house the K-9 unit dogs when they’re not in service.

It dwarfs the current headquarters — at 19,000 square feet — attached to the Pottawattamie County Courthouse on South Sixth Street.

The $20 million headquarters was approved by voters in May 2016.

The department also has additional land in case expansion is necessary down the line.

“The services we can provide here are better than now,” Carmody said of what the new station will do for the department.

Walsh said he looks forward to seeing the department move into the new building.

“This is long overdue,” he said.

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