(Photo courtesy of Andrew Forrester/City of Madison)
(Photo courtesy of Andrew Forrester/City of Madison)
Madison city employees have begun demolition work at the former King’s Daughters’ Health Cancer Center, the future site of the city police department.

The cabinets and fixtures, above, have been donated to Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County.

In February, the city approved the purchase of the building at 621 West St. and an adjacent parking lot for $250,000.

Board of Works member David Carlow said the search for a space for the police department spanned several years.

“If anyone has ever been in the police department, you know the working conditions in the basement of City Hall is really not the best,” he said during an earlier meeting.

With a lack of building sites available, the former cancer center made sense for the department, city officials said.

The new station, near the foot of Michigan Hill will provide officers quicker access when responding to the hilltop.

The current station behind City Hall also lacks handicap accessibility.

Madison Police Chief Dan Thurston said the current location wasn’t supposed to be permanent when the department moved from 716 West Street to the space next to City Hall in the spring of 1993.