A former Nazi concentration camp just miles from Adolf Hitler’s birthplace is set to become a police station after a number of potential candidates were turned down due to Nazi links.
It will be the first fully-operational training centre for officers based in the area since the wartime occupation.
An Austrian court judge in Linz, Austria, this month ruled the planning permission for the new building, located next to the home of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, was legal.
This would make the planned converted electricity pole between 32 and 50 metres tall the tallest in Europe.
Once the money is found, the area is expected to be turned into the Seewald Training Zone, which would replace the current trainees’ accommodation.
Germany has three other training grounds such as Hitler’s birth home across the country.
The Linz city hall declined to comment further on the case, telling the Press Association: “We cannot discuss the issue any further since our client (the justice department of Linz) has closed the file.”
Volker Kock, a spokesman for the Linz police, confirmed the new facility would be part of an expansion of their training centre.
He said: “The agency (which will run the training center) is negotiating to come up with money for the new construction.
“The Linz police will shortly approach various departments and state agencies to cover the funding.
“The Linz police has no plans to house barracks with approximately 130 officers.”
The current German police training area sits close to the former Nazi concentration camp of Leipzig in central Germany.
The London site of the former Nazi Gestapo headquarters will become a City College of London school.
Adolf Hitler was born at the home of his maternal grandparents, the Aryan family, on January 29 1889.
Located on Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, his birthplace is one of Germany’s poorest states.
Two years after the war, around 2,000 surviving Nazis moved back to this rural area to work as lab technicians and repairmen.
In April 1939, the family decided to sell the home.
The Nazi era ended three months later.
The village and its surrounding farmers have not changed much in decades.
Nobody would say where the “My Uncle Hitler” sign is, but the original house on the road has fallen into decay.
A slightly larger former site next to the old homestead now belongs to the Linz police station.
It was built in 2003 and contains a stable block for the school’s horses and weighs-room for school busses.