Construction begins on police substations

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Sara Van Cleve
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Construction has begun on two new police substations in Arvada.

City Council unanimously approved two agenda items on June 17 during its regular business meeting to allow construction to begin on the two new police substations, located at 8110 Vance Drive and 6644 Kendrick St.

The station designs were brought to council and unanimously approved with all council members present.

The two new substations are part of the department’s new decentralized policing method.

The decentralized policing methods break up the city into three sectors using “natural neighborhoods.”

The first sector is from West 88th Avenue south to West 64th Avenue and from the Union Pacific tracks east to Sheridan Boulevard.

The second sector is from West 64th Avenue south to Interstate 70 and from Kipling Parkway east to Tennyson Street.

The third sector is the remainder of Arvada, ranging from south of Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge south to the city limits just north of I-70. The sector ranges from the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and Kipling Parkway west to the edge of Arvada city limits.

The third sector is the largest in terms of land, but is smallest in terms of population.

“Breaking the city up into these natural relatively geographic areas makes sense for how we can police,” said Arvada Police Chief Don Wick. “It allows us to understand the problems better because we can look at each policing sector at the micro level, when before we’ve had to look at the city at the macro level and try to figure out patterns and determine how best to deploy resources.”

The stations will have the same design and will be 9,300-square-foot one-story facilities.

The buildings will feature a community room, which will be open to the public to use, as well as the amenities and space for about 55 officers to be stationed at each location.

Amenities for officers include briefing space, office space, gear lockers, evidence collection space, a workout area, two interview rooms and more. The stations will not have booking or detention facilities; booking, detention and evidence processing will remain at the main station, 8101 Ralston Road.

“It allows us to be more a flexible, responsive and innovative police department and get to the heart of solving problems,” Wick said.

The buildings will also be built with solar capability and will use recycled materials as much as possible.

The stations were designed by Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, and council approved Adolfson and Peterson as the builder.

During the June 17 meeting, council unanimously approved an agreement with A&P to construct the buildings in an amount not to exceed $6,766,795.

Council also approved an amendment to the 2013 operating and capital budget for unanticipated costs for building the stations in an amount not to exceed $750,000. The money for the stations was already budgeted in the 2013 capital budget approved last year.

Groundbreaking on both sites was June 24; the stations are expected to be completed and operating by February 2014.

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