ROXBURY (CBS) – Boston opened its new police station in Dudley Square Saturday afternoon.
City officials say the building is a symbol of their seriousness to crackdown on crime and improve their cooperation with the community.
“The signal we send here, the neighborhood is welcome in this building,” said Mayor Tom Menino. “We’re dedicated to public safety.”
The B-2 building is the result of a five-year process and $15 million dollars.
The 34,500 square-foot facility is right next to the old building. Boston Commissioner Ed Davis referred to the old place as a “fortress” because it was built with no windows. Davis said it represented a police force disconnected with the neighborhood.
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The new design features several windows.
“I think this particular (new) building is a comment on a new philosophy in policing,” said Davis. “This building is open and inviting, we want to make sure we’re working closely with the community that’s the way you drive crime down.”
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Residents are invited to convene in a special “community room” to raise their concerns about the neighborhood.
It’s also energy efficient, showcasing a green design that maximizes natural day-lighting, reduced water use, and the city’s first vegetated roof.