Aiken City Council gave final approval Monday to measure that authorizes the purchase of the abandoned Food Lion grocery store building at 834 Beaufort St. for the purpose of renovating it to house the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

City officials said the move to reuse the existing building, which doubles the space available for Public Safety from 22,000 square feet to 46,000 square feet, will save taxpayers millions of dollars over a plan formerly considered to expand the current facility on Laurens Street. The new facility is expected to open by late 2018.