The old Anderson police station’s new life as a business incubator will begin this summer.

“We’re working with the Flagship (Enterprise Center) to begin operation,” Assistant Building Superintendent Jeff Welker said.

Unlike the Flagship, which concentrates on high-technology firms, the new incubator will be mainly for light industrial businesses — ironically, not unlike the buildings’ first business: a Coca-Cola Co. bottling plant.

“Our goal is really to provide business opportunities to a whole array of types and needs,” Mayor Kevin Smith said.

When it left, the building, located at 700 Meridian Street, played host to the Anderson Police Department until 2004, when they moved to a new location at 1040 Main St.

This month, Anderson-based Roofing Systems of Indiana completed a $67,083 roofing and refurbishing job on the building.

A grand opening for the 1,480-square-foot building will likely come in mid-summer, Deputy Economic Development Director Linda Dawson said.

The money for project will come from TIF funds, which are commercial property taxes set aside for economic development.

The details on who would staff the new incubator are still being worked out, Dawson said, though there will likely be collaboration with both Flagship, Economic Development Corporation, and city economic development staff.

Smith touted the project as a unique new measure.

“I don’t know any other community with two small business incubators,” he said. “Our whole goal is job creation.”

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