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State Police Headquarters Move in the Works

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The Pennsylvania State Police may be moving their Troop E headquarters out of Lawrence Park and into Summit Township. While all eyes were on the hotel funding vote last week, county council took another important vote that will facilitate the move.

Council approved the sale of 10 acres of county land in Summit Township along Pagan Road, right by the county's public safety building and 911 center. The selling price is market value at 180 thousand dollars.

For decades a state police barracks and troop headquarters has been located on Main Street in Lawrence Park.

Lawrence Park commissioners and residents say the state police have been a good neighbor and they wish they could convince them to stay.

"I can't speak for the other commissioners," said Pete Ogden, "I'm only one of five, but I'd like to see us do something to try and keep them here."

Lawrence Park historian Marge McLean said, "It would be nice if we could, I had heard rumors of this some years ago, so I'm not too surprised."  She added, "But we need them here, especially when there's news that we may have more trucks moving through the area, I'd be much more comfortable having them here."

Before building their safety complex, Erie County government purchased 20 acres of land with a vision of just this kind of expansion.  Interim Erie County Safety Director John Grappy says the state police will be a great neighbor.

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