City council gave the first three readings to a motion to borrow $1.55 million to buy the North Shore Kia dealership and turn it into a community policing office.
Council unanimously supported the motion, which pares off $600,000 for renovations including an elevator, roof repairs, landscaping and mechanical/electrical upgrades.
The City leases the policing office space at 789 Fortune Dr. By buying its own North Shore Community Policing building, it gives the office more permanency.
City corporate services and community safety director David Duckworth said staff will try to do the work in-house. But if the timing is better to do it through a contract, then there is money built in to hire a consultant/project manager.
Coun. Pat Wallace said it was too bad the City didn't buy the first community policing office instead of leasing.
"It turned out to be highly visible and accommodating. It certainly improved the lives of residents and tourists on the North Shore," she said. "The neighborhood will be pleased."
Mayor Peter Milobar said the new office is an important step in the evolution of policing in Kamloops.
With Prince George spending $42 million on a new downtown detachment and Kelowna investing $50 million in a new policing building, the $1.55 million that Kamloops is putting out is a bargain, he said.