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What the $50 million for police headquarters bought

June 6, 2017
The Provident Mutual Life Insurance building sits behind a tall chain-link fence as its being renovated by the city at the corner of 46th and Market. Ever since Provident Mutual Life Insurance moved out of its historic headquarters at 46th and Market in 1983, the city has been trying to find a new use for the behemoth. The Nutter Administration thought it had one when it announced plans to turn it into a new police headquarters and public safety campus. But after spending $50.5 million on renovations, the Kenney Administration has changed its mind. What happens now? 02/27/2017 MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer

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Philadelphia spent nearly $50 million over the past three years on construction and designs for a new police headquarters in West Philadelphia.

Contractors gutted and rehabbed the old Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. at 4601 Market and developed plans so detailed that arborists had selected the types of trees and shrubs to dot the property.

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