SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The venerable Hall of Justice in San Francisco is about to lose a big chunk of its tenants, namely the San Francisco Police Department. Police are moving from Bryant Street to a brand new headquarters in Mission Bay.
There's about 50 years of history in the Hall of Justice. "Dirty Harry" starring Clint Eastwood as inspector Callihan was filmed at the Hall of Justice and so was "Streets of San Francisco," the 1970s TV police series.
But the Hall of JuticE is a tired, old building.
"It's time to go and I empathize with those who are not getting to go," said San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr.
The San Francisco Police Department is moving its headquarters to a new state of the art public safety building in Mission May. The six floor, $243 million dollar facility has been built to withstand the big earthquake. It's backup power can last four days. There's an emergency operations center which can be activated within minutes.
On Friday night, Southern Police station will move from the Hall of Justice to Mission Bay. There's a brand new 38-bed fire station. Rather than rolling doors, the fire station's doors fold open, which are more likely to work after a big quake.
To the dismay of many, the courts and the district attorney's offices will remain at the old Hall of Justice
"This building is not only compromised in an earthquake, it's compromised in terms of fire,"San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon said.
Gascon also points to leaking pipes, water with a green hew in the drinking fountain, a rodent problem with mice chewing up the files. There was also a power outage Tuesday -- an omen that perhaps it's also time to move.