A former Kmart store in San Bernardino County is to become a police station.
Redlands City Council approved an agreement to buy the property at 1625 West Redlands Boulevard for $ 16.1 million in cash with plans to develop a new police facility, according to the City News Service.
Kmart closed the store in 2019, part of a wave of shutters following a bankruptcy for the chain and its sister Sears stores. The 115,710-square-foot property in Redlands has been vacant ever since.
A limited liability company called 1625 W Redlands sold the building.
A new station could be built in stages on the 8.6-acre plot, giving the Redlands Police Department an opportunity to build more in the future.
“The excess space has many different uses that can be very valuable to the city,” Redland Mayor Paul Barich told City News Service.
The mayor added that the city of Ontario used extra space at one of its buildings for record storage, while the city of Chino built a community center after similar property purchases.
In October, the Redlands Planning Commission had approved plans to convert the property into a showroom for car parts, office and warehouse, but the plans were eventually scrapped.
[Redlands Daily Facts] – Isabella Farr