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Fayetteville Mayor Signs Documents To Purchase Land For New Police Department And ‘Save’ Lewis Park

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — The mayor of Fayetteville signed off on the purchase of land for a new police and fire station. Mayor Lioneld Jordan signed document...

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) — The mayor of Fayetteville signed off on the purchase of land for a new police and fire station.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan signed documents Thursday (Jan. 16) to officially buy property on Deane Street and Porter Road where a new police campus and a fire substation will be built.

“If you’ve been inside our police department, you’ll see that it’s very packed,” Murphy said.

The Fayetteville police Department has been inside the 25,000 square foot former JC Penny building for almost three decades. Sergeant Anthony Murphy says the new campus will have three buildings, totaling 80,000 square feet.

“It will have state of the art security for the officers coming to and from their vehicles and stuff like that and it will have community rooms where we can have classes with the community and stuff like that. So, it will be good not just for the police department but also the citizens,” he said.

On the same land will be the home to Fayetteville’s eighth fire station and will improve response times for people living in this area.

“That’s where the growth is going. The growth is moving out west. It is growing like crazy and our response times continue to decrease in that area because they are building further and further from our fire stations,” Chief Brad Hardin said.

Mayor Jordan also signed paperwork today to finalize the purchase of Lewis Park.

This comes after the City Council voted to "save" Lewis Park, which had been facing an uncertain future after the city's lease with the University of Arkansas expired.

The park had been owned by the UA's agriculture department, which leased it to Fayetteville for 25 years. That lease expired in June 2018, leaving the fate of the park up in the air.