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Supervisors hope to reach an early decision on the problem of locating a proposed new police station.

Police facilities are overcrowded and the matter will be discussed by the finance committee Friday.

City officials are seeking a way to finance a new station.

… The city master plan calls for locating the new station near city hall on property bounded by Beretania, Hotel, Alapai Sts. and the proposed Kapiolani Blvd. extension.

Most officials believe this is an ideal location for the new station.

Supervisors and police officials discussed the matter yesterday in the mayor’s office.

Nicholas T. Teves, finance committee chairman, believes an additional floor should be added to the present police station. Mr. Teves said it would cost about $750,000 to add on to the present building while the master plan site would cost $3,000,000.

"We haven’t got that kind of money," he protested.

… Supervisor Samuel M. Ichinose thinks the city should consider using Thomas Square (across from the Academy of Arts) for a police station site.

… George K. Houghtailing, city planning director, asked for an appraisal of the master plan site and the present police station.

He said Mayor Wilson should go to Governor Long in an effort to get the territory to acquire the proposed site property.

Mr. Ichinose insisted that Thomas Square be considered, but Mayor Wilson said it was an historical monument.

The mayor said the British government gave the land to the kingdom of Hawaii.

"What’s so sacred about that?" Mr. Ichinose asked.

Reaching a decision on the police station site was made necessary by a letter from A.H. Rice & Co. and B.H. Zuccarello who inquired about selling master plan site land to a prospective builder.

"Back in the Day," appearing every Sunday, takes a look at articles that ran on this date in history in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. The items appear verbatim, so don’t blame us today for yesteryear’s bad grammar.


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