This moldy police station will soon be replaced by movie screens and bowling lanes

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Soon, you’ll be able to bowl, catch a movie, attend a live flamenco show, experience a virtual reality simulation or eat tacos, all on the same street in Homestead.

As part of Homestead’s extensive revitalization of its downtown, the city is drawing new businesses that officials say will enliven the town, especially Krome Avenue — the core of Homestead, known for its Mexican restaurants and antique shops.

Friday the city will break ground on its latest project, starting with the demolition of the former Homestead police station on Krome Avenue. The old station housed officers since 1981 until 2015. The 105-year-old building is infested with mold, has clogged water drains, water damage and radon gas levels five times higher than they should be.

In 2015, the police department moved to temporary quarters in the Homestead Sports Complex, then moved into its new building in February.

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Homestead police moved out of their old station and into a new police station just blocks away. The old station has mold, water damage and radon gas levels five times higher than normal.

REBECA PICCARDO Miami Herald file

The old police station will be replaced by ‘Downtown Station,’ a project that will include a 1,000-space parking garage, multi-screen movie theater, bowling alley, restaurants, and retail shops. It will also serve as the hub for the city’s trolley and county bus routes. Downtown Station is expected to be completed in early 2018.

The city will celebrate at 10 a.m. on Friday at 4 S. Krome Ave.

Homestead is in the midst of an aggressive downtown revitalization program. Recent projects include the new City Hall, the restored historic Seminole Theatre, and an imposing police station.

Downtown Station will sit next to the new library, a project designed by a theme park company where talking robots will be the norm.

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