Demolition of old St. Pete police headquarters begins, paving way for mixed-use development

Demolition day arrived Tuesday for the previous police headquarters in St. Petersburg

In about two years, the city block where the 70-year-old building once sat will become a mixed-used development called, "Orange Station." It will include more than 60 condos and apartments. It will also feature shops, restaurants, a public courtyard, office space and parking.

As part of the new development, there will also be a public art display to honor the "Courageous 12." In the 1960s, 12 Black officers sued the city in order to have the same rights and benefits as their white colleagues – and they won. 

The special tribute will be called "Badge of Justice."

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In March 2019, the St. Petersburg Police Department moved into their new $78 million headquarters. Orange Station is set to break ground next June.