LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Plans for a new headquarters for the Lynchburg Police Department were approved on Tuesday night by Lynchburg City Council, but construction is not set to start for another few months.

The council members voted unanimously for the design and construction of the new headquarters, which will be located on Odd Fellows Road, across from the Outback Steakhouse.

Members of the Lynchburg City Council recently took a tour of the police department’s current headquarters on 900 Court Street, saying they believe conditions aren’t suitable for officers and staff to perform their duties.

Councilman Sterling Wilder says this project has been put off for more than six years, which is why he and other council members believe this is the right time to get started.

“I think it’s going to be more attractive that we have a state-of-the-art facility for our police headquarters, we’ve increased the pay for our police officers,” Wilder said. “So it’s a whole package — increasing pay, getting better facilities, so we can recruit more police officers for the city of Lynchburg so we can continuously maintain a safe environment for the citizens of our community.”

The councilman says Lynchburg is using a variety of taxpayer funds to accommodate the $48 million project.

Plans are reportedly in place to announce the groundbreaking of construction this summer.

During the council meeting this week, Lynchburg Police Chief Ryan Zuidema told the council the department plans to fully occupy the new facility by September 2024.