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LAPD SWAT team to get a new home for Christmas

former Rampart Station being renovated for SWAt TEAM 10-4-2015 12-40-41 PM

BY MATT SANDERSON

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN — Archaeological discoveries and a tight market for contractors and materials have slowed the conversion of the former Rampart police station into the new home for the LAPD SWAT team and the rest of the Metro Division. But city officials say the project is on target to be finished in December, more than a year behind schedule.

The 1960s-era building, which had become a target for vandals after being left vacant since 2008,  at 2710 Temple Street is now painted a shade of gold and white. A new public seating area with benches has been created on the western side of the property.

The construction costs for the site are tabbed at approximately $17.6 million. Once completed, the converted station will house the SWAT Team, K-9 unit, horse-mounted patrols and other operations. The move will give the LAPD Metro division more room to conduct business after sharing quarters with the Central Division for many years.

former Rampart Station being renovated for SWAt TEAM 10-4-2015 12-42-32 PM

Mary Nemick, director of communications for the Bureau of Engineering, said that the renovation of the existing facility has presented construction challenges, including the discovery of skeletal remains that temporarily halted the project. Meanwhile, an increase in local construction activity has delayed the progress of contractor Sinanian Development.

“The general increase in the overall construction market, the demands on material suppliers, and the demands on specialty sub-contractors” have made it harder to find the necessary resources,  she said.

Nemick added the main challenges at the Rampart site have been the fabrication and delivery of the specialty elements, including the gates and the ballistic glass.

Still on the to-do list are the installation of gas meters, building and furniture systems as well as landscaping and signage.

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Matt Sanderson is a journalist, photographer and digital media producer. A native of Rhode Island, he received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire and moved to Los Angeles in 2012 with Patch.com/AOL.

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3 comments

  1. ” Archaeological discoveries????” I guess not human, “bovine.” Wonder how old? Fascinating. From what I understand, they did not keep a lot of cattle at the old Rampart police station!

  2. Aww. The station the jacked my car and jacked about everyone in the area returns with pets and a new name. Great.

  3. *that jacked (damn auto incorrect)

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