Arlington Heights Police Station Project
$32.9 million in bonds issued for construction of Police Station:
On January 19, 2016 the Village Board approved an ordinance for the issue of $32.9 million in bonds for the purpose of financing the construction of a new Police Station, which is anticipated to be built sometime in 2017.
29 bids were submitted for the bond sale which started at 3 percent and dropped to 2.93 percent by KeyBanc, which will be paid over the 20-year life of the bonds.
The Village's bond rating of Aa1 by Moody's Investors Service results from the Village's strong credit strengths as including a large tax base, ample reserves, and financial flexibility through home rule and a low debt burden.
Final Report on Police Station Feasibility Study:
At the Village Board meeting of September 8, 2015 FGM Architects presented its final report on the Police Station Feasibility Study. The report, which you can review below in two separate sections, presented the Board with proposed options to consider in building a new Police Station on the same location as the current facility.
The Board chose to go with the proposed Option C for a new Police Station layout, which was recommended by the architects and the Police Station Team and will include a 2-story building of 70,500 square-feet, a basement, and a 10,000-square-foot garage for police vehicles. The Village has budgeted $27.9 million for construction of the new Police Station. The construction of the facility does not include costs pertaining to furnishings, contingency costs and costs associated with the temporary relocation of the Police Department.
FGM architects were selected last year to re-evalutate the space needs and deficiences outlined in a 2010 Space Needs Study done on the Police Station. Following the re-validation of the 2010 study, FGM developed a series of concept plans of how a new station could "best fit" within the existing municipal campus, inclding use of Village Hall or other municipal facilities. The Village has planned to address the needs of the 36-year-old, 38,000-square-foot Police Station for several years due to the facility being too small, lacking functionality, having deteroiating infrastructure and no longer being adequare to serve the needs of a modern law enforcement agency.
Click here to review Part One of the completed Police Station Study
Click here to review Part Two of the completed Police Station Study
Click here to review a Police Project Update meeting between the Village Board and FGM Architects.
2010 Study Results Re-validated in Feasibility Study Accepted by Village Board September 8, 2015
Results of the study done in 2010, that were evaluated by FGM this past year in their Police Station Feasibility Study. shows that the building needs significant mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) repairs and replacement, just to maintain it as a serviceable building for the operational needs of a 24/7, 365 days a year Department.
A list of some shortcomings to be re-validated from the 2010 Study:
How Village Would Finance a Police Station:
- Safety of officers and residents is a concern with the layout of the current station
- Significant lack of space for a Police Department of this size
- Holding cells do not meet current Illinois Dept. of Corrections standards
- Renovation costs to correct deficiencies is significant
- Roof and windows are beyond their useful life
- Facility is not handicap accessible
- Facility is not compliant with current codes
- Private areas are not secured from public areas
- HVAC system and controls are beyond their useful life
- Sally Port (controlled entryway into Police Station for prisoners) safety is not adequate
- Locker room space is inadequate for current equipment needs
- Security and surveillance are deficient
More about FGM, the architectural firm:
- In previous budget discussions, the Village Board agreed to not spend an estimated $8.8 million needed to merely maintain the current Police facility for the next several years.
- That decision by the Board put the Village in a better position to fund most, if not all, of the costs of a new station within the existing debt service level.
- The Village’s debt is expected to decrease in a few years due to the expiration of some bond issues, which means that a new Police station could be financed through bonds with minimal impact on the Village’s property tax level.
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- 20+ years serving Police Departments
- Designed over $185 million dollars in Police Station Projects in the past decade
- Designed over 840,000 square feet in Police Station Projects
- Handled over 100 Police Station Projects, including seven conversion projects
- Oversaw dozens of Police Station Remodeling Projects
- Have over 50 Police Department clients The Planning Process for the Police Station Project:
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