By Maggie Lee

The Sandy Springs Police Department plans to vacate its noisy headquarters by a busy construction site on Ga. 400 in exchange for a quieter home in the same office park as City Hall.

By June, police headquarters will be located in the Morgan Falls Office Complex, after a Dec. 21 vote by Sandy Springs City Council.

City Manager John McDonough told the council that “based on current economic conditions we were able to negotiate what I believe to be a very favorable lease term,” which he calculates will save the city $257,000 annually.

The four-year lease ends in June 2015.  McDonough recommended that end date because that would be about the time frame the city hopes to move its offices into a new government headquarters.

Even though the officers will have non-municipal neighbors in the 300 and 400 buildings, Police Chief Terry Sult calls it “a very good deal.”

” We’re satisfied that we can secure our facilities, particularly property and evidence,” Sult said.

The present police headquarters, at 5995 Barfield Road, has become congested and noisy since work began nearby on the Georgia Department of Transportation’s bridge and half-diamond intersection project at the intersection of Ga. 400 and Hammond, city officials said.

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