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New Crown Point City Hall site?

Trees grow through the rooftops of glass greenhouses on the site of the shuttered Lake County Greenhouse in Crown Point. The long-closed site will be the new location for Crown Point's City Hall and public safety building. The site is contiguous with the city's youth sportsplex, which has seen significant investment in recent years.

CROWN POINT — More details were released by the city regarding it's new $10 million to $11 million City Hall and police building.

The city paid $750,000 for the long-shuttered, 7-acre Lake County Greenhouse property at the intersection of North Street and Indiana Avenue. The greenhouse closed more than a dozen years ago. 

The project consists of a 44,000-square-foot building, possibly two stories, with spaces and functions for City Hall and the Police Department.

City Hall is expected to be about 20,000 square feet. It would house the City Council chamber, mayor's office, clerk-treasurer's office, Planning and Building Department, City Court and chambers and supportive administrative offices. 

The public safety facility portion would be about 24,000 square feet and include police administration, a patrol room with roll-call room, investigative offices and an evidence room. 

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The Skillman Corp., of Merrillvile, is the construction manager for the project. The city's board of works recently approved engineering and civil contracts for a combined total of about $650,000. Initially the costs were expected to be about $1 million, officials said.

Robinson Engineering, of Merrillville, is handling the infrastructure, utilities, pond and parking lots. 

Indianapolis-based CSO Architects is in charge of the structural shell and exterior of the building. 

City officials hope to begin construction on the facility in June or July.  

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Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.