Site for New RI Police Station
June 05, 2013
After three years of study, Rock Island is moving closer to building a new police station. Today Mayor Dennis Pauley and Chief Jeff VenHuizen announced the preferred site is near the central fire station - between 5th and 7th avenues, and from 12th to 13th streets.
VenHuizen says the current station on 16th Street is more than 70 years old. It has 22,000 square feet, but experts say the department needs twice that much.
"Certainly it's seen its useful life span as a police department. We've had to make do and we've done as many band-aid fixes as we can for the current facility which certainly is not designed to meet police operational needs today."
The new site covers 4.5 acres and will cost $730,000. Much of it is green space now, but at least one vacant house will be demolished. Mayor Pauley says some possible designs for the new facility have already been considered.
"Now that we have the location, some of the architectural designs said we would go up as much as two floors. With the size of this site we could possibly put everything on one floor. So now we'll go back to the architects and see what they can do."
He says clearing of the site can begin in the fall, with construction starting early next year. Completion would be in about 2 years.