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Plant City Police Department needs a $200,000 roof

Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

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The police department's roof will need replacing soon, at an estimated cost of $200,000.

The roof is leaking, forcing police employees to break out buckets to catch the drips. The roof dates back to the building's construction in 1997 and is at the end of its expected life, City Manager Greg Horwedel said.

"Fifteen years in the Florida sun will do it to any roof," Horwedel said.

The city will hire a contractor to replace the roof this fall. He estimates the city will have to spend about $200,000 on a new roof for the 67,000-square-foot building at One Police Place.

The building and a nearby 40,000-square-foot building were originally part of a 16-acre used-vehicle reconditioning center operated off Alexander Street by AutoNation. The car dealership chain closed the plant in 1999 after a little more than a year of operation.

The city bought the property for $3 million in 2003 and spent about $6 million renovating the two buildings: the bigger one for the police department and the smaller one for the city's vehicle maintenance division.

The smaller building had portions of its roof replaced following a severe storm a couple of years ago and does not need a new roof.

dnicholson@tampatrib.com (813) 394-5103

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