Renovations at the former Sentara Medical building at the U.S. 158/N.C. 12 intersection are ready to begin on what will become the new home for the Kitty Hawk Police Department.
The Town of Kitty Hawk closed on the purchase of the facility at 5200 North Croatan Highway in September, which will allow the police department to relocate from the flood-prone headquarters on Kitty Hawk Road that previously served as the town’s post office.
The old surgery center and portions of the north end of the existing building will be demolished starting by the end of the year, with a new lobby-style entrance constructed.
The south end will remain medical use and the town is currently exploring options to reopen the medical portion of the facility.
Former Town Manager Andy Stewart said last month the town acquired the property for $4.1 million, and lease revenue from the part of the building that will remain available for medical use will offset the cost of the purchase.
Stewart noted that construction of a new police station on town-owned land farther down U.S. 158 would have cost at least $9.5 million.