The $95 million public safety training campus in West Garfield Park that will replace Chicago’s police and fire training academies will be bankrolled in part by proceeds from the sale of a valuable fleet facility site near the Chicago River on the North Side, city officials say.
City Hall also released the first architectural renderings of the new training facility, which is expected to provide an economic boost to impoverished West Garfield Park.
The main building will include classrooms, labs, simulators, conference rooms, an auditorium and offices. The second building will include a dive-training pool, a shooting range and space for “active-scenario” simulations ranging from buildings to L trains.
The outdoor portion of the campus will feature a driving course, a skid pad and space for “hands-on practice in real-world situations.”
The campus will replace the 41-year-old police academy at 1300 W. Jackson, the 67-year-old fire academy at 1010 S. Clinton and the south fire academy at 1338 S. Clinton, developed 52 years ago.
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The project will be funded in part by at least $20 million according to city hall . The funding will be obtained from the the sale of the Fleet and Facility Management Facility located at North and Throop. Developer Sterling Bay agreed earlier in the year to purchase the site for $104.7 million. As part of the agreement, Sterling Bay will be required to build the replacement maintenance facility in Englewood. The remaining $75 million needed to fund the construction of the new training facility will come from the sale of city surplus property.