Published: Nov 05, 2010 11:31 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 05, 2010 8:28 PM EDT

 Cape Coral, Fla. - Cape Coral is working on a new project some believe will save taxpayers millions of dollars.  

"It looks pretty empty it's like one of our abandoned board up buildings without the board-ups."

For more than two years Thomas Senatore has been forced to look at this vacant police building across the street from his business, TLD International, LLC.

He says, "Basically it's a wasted asset and they're not using it when they can be."

He's excited to learn Cape City Council may be doing something about it.

"Now what we are going to do is renovate the old police building, in addition to housing the environmental lab we'll also be also be able to bring in the public service, public works department."

The project is expected to cost nearly 2 million dollars, but councilman Bill Diele says it will pay for itself.

"The city is going to work as it's own general contractor, instead of hiring a general contractor, it's a win, win situation, it's somewhere between one and two millions dollars."

Plus the city will no longer have to use temporary trailers for it's offices.

"You see it and you know of it, they have different substations, for different things if they have an existing building that's not being used that's probably the best use for that building."

Councilman Diele says it will also make it possible for people to get passports or pay their water bill, all in the same place rather than having to go to Pine Island.