After the passage of a half-cent tax increase, several capital improvements now have the go-ahead to start looking forward. One such project is pulling the Shawnee Police Department out of City Hall's basement and planting it in its own building.

After the passage of a half-cent tax increase, several capital improvements now have the go-ahead to start looking forward. One such project is pulling the Shawnee Police Department out of City Hall's basement and planting it in its own building.

Outgoing Shawnee City Manager Justin Erickson said being considered as a new home for the SPD is the building that First United Bank is currently housed in, at 912 E. Independence.

Erickson said he and Police Chief Mason Wilson met with an architecture firm last week to test the site and to evaluate it.

“According to environmental investigations, there is some asbestos present in the building,” he said. “But it looks like it was recently contained and can be dealt with relatively inexpensively through the remodel process, so overall the building appears very well-suited for the intended use.”

The architecture firm is finalizing a report, Erickson said, and is working with Wilson.

“They will probably be presenting to (City Commissioners) in September or October,” he said.

It all looks very well, in terms of the use of converting that building into the police headquarters, he said.

The First United Bank building is estimated to be available in about a year, Erickson said.

“It will take about a year to construct the bank's new headquarters (on the southeast corner of Harrison and MacArthur),” he said.

Watch for updates.