Council backs deal to turn old hospital into crime-fighting headquarters
BATON ROUGE- City leaders approved a deal to buy part of a vacant hospital and convert it into a crime-fighting compound.
Wednesday, the Metro Council green-lighted the deal to purchase buildings on the former Woman's Hospital campus on Airline Highway. The hospital moved to a new location in 2012.
The buildings would be transformed into a law enforcement complex, including a new headquarters for Baton Rouge Police.
Police Chief Dewayne White said at a meeting about the proposal that no prisoners would be housed at the facility and it would be strictly used for police business, similar to the Louisiana State Police campus on Independence Boulevard.
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