A group of local businesses is being brought in to look at options for the future of Lincoln’s police station.
The building on West Parade, affectionately known locally as the ‘Ryvita’ station, will soon become obsolete when the force moves into the new joint emergency services hub at South Park later this year.
It is hoped that the building will still be able to generate money for frontline policing while benefitting the city, but it’s not clear yet what the building’s role will be.
Investors in Lincoln was established in 1991 by the City of Lincoln Council to bring major companies together and stimulate positive developments in the area.
They pay to join the company and invest their time, experience, skills but receive no financial benefits in return.
Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones has brought the group in to look at options for the future of the station.
He said: “I’m really committed to making sure the future use of the building has a benefit for the community as well as the force if possible.
“It would be easy to simply sell-off the building without a thought for the residents and businesses in the area but I will not allow that to happen.
“This is an opportunity to have a positive and lasting impact on the city.
“Obviously we have to provide value for money for the taxpayer but at this stage, I am confident the right best way forward is to explore all the available options.”
Investors in Lincoln chief executive David Rossington said: “We are thrilled about partnering with the police and crime commissioner on this exciting project.
“Our mission is to take on projects that can make a really positive contribution to the well-being of the city and this building presents a fantastic opportunity to create something really worthwhile.”