Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens’ office gave an update on the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center this week, noting the project remains on schedule for a December opening but with approximately $19 million in cost increases. At least a third of those increased costs are directly related to the violent or destructive opposition to the center, with some $6 million in increased security costs and more than $400,000 for expanded contingency and insurance costs due to property destruction.

“We are moving forward as planned and not allowing distractions to deter us from improving the safety of Atlantans by completing the public safety training center” said Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens. “We have intentionally worked to incorporate the voice of the people, garnering strong support from the majority of our citizens who actively contributed valuable recommendations and feedback to this effort. The public persistently asks us to keep them safe from fire, violence and medical emergencies and we deployed strategies that contributed to Atlanta achieving one of the highest reductions in violence among major cities in America.”  

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