Philadelphia Plans for New Police Headquarters

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Gov) – The Kenney Administration announced today that it will transmit an ordinance to City Council on Thursday to relocate the Philadelphia Police Department headquarters to 400 N. Broad St. The site is approximately 100,000 square feet larger than 4601 Market St., the location that was previously identified by the Nutter administration for the site of new Public Safety Headquarters. This additional space will enable several more units to be located at one common facility, including the 6th and 9th Police Districts, unified Fire/Police communications, the Medical Examiner’s office and its toxicology lab, and miscellaneous police units (Homicide, Human Resources, Command Center) in addition to the Police Administration Building. 

“After evaluating several different sites and weighing all the different considerations for over a year, we came to the conclusion that this space would provide the taxpayers more for their money,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “Not only can we locate more units in one space, but this location is also more accessible to the public and it creates fiscal and operations efficiencies for the City and our criminal justice partners.”

The developer for the project is 400 North Broad Partners and the contractor will be Keating Builders. Keating has extensive experience on City projects, including serving as the Construction Manager at the new facility project for the 24th and 25th Police Districts and the Public Works contractor for the Juvenile Justice Services Center. The cost to rehabilitate the 400 N. Broad building is approximately $288 million. The agencies expect to move into the building in spring of 2020.

The City will earnestly pursue development opportunities for the Market Street site, issuing a Request for Qualifications to develop 4601 Market St. early this summer. The City expects to select a developer for the site by the end of the year.

“Multiple parties have contacted us to express interest in developing 4601 Market St.,” said Anne Fadullon, Director of Planning and Development for the City. “We are confident that the interest in the site will result in a new owner for the building and positive economic development in West Philadelphia.”

Three existing City-owned facilities will be vacated by this move: the Police Administration Building at 8th and Race Streets; the Medical Examiner’s office on University Avenue and the 6th Police District building at 11th and Vine Streets. These facilities will be put up for sale when they are vacated and are expected to generate significant revenue. The City also expects to realize savings by relocating the 6th and 9th Districts, which would have required future capital spending at their current facilities.