The rendering for the new public safety building and recreational center on Buford Highway.
Photo: City of Chamblee
Photo: City of Chamblee

DeKalb city to get new $22.5M public safety building, recreational complex

Chamblee’s police department is set to move into a new headquarters on Buford Highway as early as next year.

The DeKalb County city plans to break ground this fall on a new complex that will house the police department, the municipal court and a large outdoor recreational facility, officials said.

The $22.5 million facility at 4445 Buford Highway will be about 40,000 to 50,000 square feet, the city said in a statement Wednesday. Construction is set to begin Nov. 20, and the complex could be completed by December 2020.

It will also feature a 2,700-square-foot community room that the public can access. The outdoor recreational complex will include a park, a nature trail, a regulation-sized athletic field, two courts for tennis or basketball, restrooms, a playground, a dog park and a community garden.


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Chamblee bought the 17-acre plot of land in 2017, according to the city.

It is paying for the new center through bonds issued by the city’s Urban Redevelopment Agency, at an overall interest rate of 2.72% for 30 years.

The police department and municipal court currently share a building at 3518 Broad St. The municipal court handles all misdemeanor traffic cases and city ordinance violations.

The new building and park will be located just north of Dresden Drive and east of DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.

“We have locked in a great interest rate that allows the city to build a tremendous asset in the Buford Highway corridor,” Chamblee City Manager Jon Walker said in a statement. “This is the culmination of more than two years of planning ... It is the first city project and investment along Buford Highway and provides a much-needed space for community meetings.”

Chamblee touted the redevelopment agency’s AA+ bond rating from S&P Global Ratings.

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In other news:

The DeKalb school system is planning to build a new high school costing nearly $90 million. That’s more than twice the cost of brand-new high schools just a few miles away.

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