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Contractor to Be Chosen to Complete Police Facility

April 01, 1998

A new contractor will be named by Monday to complete the Los Angeles Police Department training center in Granada Hills, an official from the city's Department of Public Works said Tuesday.

A consortium of surety companies is seeking new bids after the original contractor, American Kuk Dong, a subsidiary of a Korean company, defaulted in February because of financial problems resulting from the downturn in the Asian economy, said Brad Smith, chief deputy city engineer.

The $24.5-million training facility is scheduled to be completed by the end of July, Smith said. The completion date was originally set for December 1997 but was later pushed to the end of April.

When completed, the 43-acre facility, located near the Van Norman Reservoir, will include a driving course for high-speed pursuit training, shooting ranges and a simulated city for tactical training such as responding to bank robberies and hostage crises.

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