Plans eyed for police, 911 center

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The fantasy of a new police station/911/emergency operations building not only lives but inched closer to reality at Monday night's City Commission work session.

Commissioners listened to members of three architectural firms make presentations on why they should be selected to do the study, design and building of a new police station, 911 and emergency operations center.

A building site has not been selected for the project, which is in the initial planning stages, but commissioners have already batted around ideas ranging from building on the current site to building on the city's Carpenter farm property.

Representatives from CMW Inc., Brandstetter Carroll Inc. and Architects Design Group Inc. each made 20-minute presentations on their visions and experience for city and criminal justice building projects.

Each of the firms also emphasized how important it would be to conduct interviews with city employees who would be working in the new building in an effort to achieve a design that would truly suit their needs.

Architects Design Group Inc., based in Winterhaven, Fla., estimated the project would cost between $4 to $4.5 million to complete. CMW Inc. mentioned its firm also had the ability to offer a design and building of the project and then lease it back to the city.

Two of the three firms also mentioned the possibility of adding fire administration offices to the building as well.

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