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City breaks ground on first new police station
Photos by Tori P. Haynesworth
(From L-R) Councilman Dan Besse, Councilman
Derwin Montgomery, Councilman James Taylor, Jr.,
Police Chief Barry Roundtree, City Manager Lee
Garrity and Mayor Allen Joines break the ground in
front of the future District 2 Police Station building
Friday, Sept. 11.
BY TORI P. HAYNESWORTH
FOR THE CHRONICLE
One of three police substations that is being financed
by voter-approved bonds is on its way to being a reality.
Mayor Allen Joines, Councilman James Taylor Jr. and
others on the City Council held the groundbreaking cere
mony for the District 2 Police Station (Lucia Building) on
Friday, Sept. 11, at 1539 Waughtown St.
A moment of silence in remembrance of the anniver
sary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 came first.
Joines recognized the Winston-Salem Police Department
for the service they give to the community, in hopes that
the District 2 station is the first steps to continue that ded
"On behalf of the City of Winston-Salem and all the
citizens who have helped support this bond issue, this is
an important project," said Joines.
The budget for the renovation project was $1.98 mil
lion; $182,398 has been spent, and $626,506 is commit
ted to minority/women owned businesses. As of Aug. 28,
this project is among the 273 projects listed; with $3.18
million already spent, $139.20 million is left.
The building has been called the Lucia Building but
will be called the District 2 Police Station when renova
tions are completed.
Taylor was very excited that this project is finally in
the works, being that this station is located in his district,
the Southeast Ward.
"It reinforces our commitment to protect and serve
our community and to redevelop this community," said
Taylor. "It's necessary to point out that there are a number
of people who will enjoy this facility, who will be able to
work on this facility and provide jobs for their families.
Not only will this facility provide jobs for their families,
but it will help us to protect and serve those who we love
The future District 2 Station is across the street from
Waughtown Baptist Church, where a few members
attended this event. Betty Gordon, a resident in the area
for 65 years, is glad that this is finally happening.
"It will help in the response time that if you have an
emergency they will get there quicker," said Gordon. "I
hope that it will help the people who walk the neighbor
hood and hang out to know that the police are real close."
Councilmen Derwin Montgomery and Dan Besse
gave their remarks about the District 2 building and what
this will mean for the residents.
'Today, we gather together to expand what we do for
protecting and serving the community in Winston-Salem
by making sure we have police presence across our com
munity in a diversified way that make sure that people
can go in their homes, go to shopping centers, places they
go to each and everyday and not be concerned about their
safety," said Montgomery.
"I have one of my best friends who lives a few blocks
away from here and I would feel more secure about her
and her family with this facility here knowing that the
police officers who are responsible for this area will be
even closer to responding to calls from her neighbor
hood," Besse said.
Police Chief Barry Rountree spoke of more "breath
ing room" for officers among other key factors that this
police station will provide.
"It will give the police a greater presence in this com
munity,** Rountree said. "It'll also assist with improving
police and community relations, and it will also improve
our overall efficiency by reducing travel time and
improving response time."
The District 2 Police Station is set to be completed by
For more information or to learn about the voter
approved bonds and other projects, go to
Councilman James Taylor, Jr., speaking at the
groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Sept. 11.
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