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Current Status on Police Station Project

 

 Current Status of Police Station Project

















 

 








On Monday, May 15, 2017, the Police Department will move temporarily to 1500 W. Shure Drive while a new facility is built. The temporary location is near Route 53 and Dundee Road.
 
The Department will maintain its same level of coverage, providing the community with 24/7 police services. Although the temporary facility is located in the northern section of the Village, regular patrols will not be impacted.  Patrol deployment schedules will be staggered. Different starting and ending times ensures continuous Police coverage.  Police officers are deployed throughout the community to strategic geographical areas and do not regularly respond from a physical location when assigned to investigate a call for service. Designated areas of patrol responsibility or beats allows officers to provide a quick response to any calls received during their shift. This will allow for a continuity of service while a new facility is under construction.
 
People who wish to conduct police business on Monday, May 15th may do so after 8 a.m. by visiting the Police Department’s temporary location at 1500 Shure Drive, Suite 100 (off the 1st floor lobby). All phone and email contacts for Police Department personnel will remain the same.
 
The Police Department will occupy approximately 15,000 square feet of space at 1500 W. Shure Drive, which consists of 2,300 square feet on the first-floor of the building with the remainder on the third floor. The first floor will include a front desk that offers 24/7 service to the public.
 
Village Hall and two Fire Stations have also made workspace accommodations for Police officers who can utilize the offices 24/7 to file a report remotely or conduct other business without needing to travel to the temporary facility.
 
The Village has budgeted $2.2 million for other building costs and a temporary relocation, moving costs, rent and other miscellaneous costs related to construction of a new facility, the $21,896.88 monthly rent for 15,000 square feet is well within the allotted budget. The terms of the lease are for 24 months with an option to extend if necessary, along with the ability to vacate after 14 months with no termination fee.
 
Construction of a new facility will begin this summer and include a two-level building of approximately 70,500 square-feet and a 10,000 square foot garage. Construction of the new station is expected to cost $27.9 million.


  • The Police Station project was unanimously approved by the Village Board at its March 6th meeting. Construction is to begin this summer on the approximately 70,500-square-foot, two-level facility that will be built on the same site as the existing station.

View Village Board discussion of Police Station Project from March 6, 2017 Village Board meeting.
 
  • The Police Station project comes back to the Village Board in March for final approval.
     
  • The Police Station goes before the Plan Commission on February 22, 2017 with a request for three variations regarding reducing the number of parking spaces at the Municipal Campus, reduce the required width of the drivel aisle in the back parking lot of the new Police Station, and eliminate the requirement for one landscaped island within a row of more than 20 parking spaces in the rear of the Police parking lot.
     
  • The Design Commission reviewed the Police Station design at a meeting held on February 14, 2017. The  architectural design was approved, with certain recommendations. Click here to review the Design Commission's recommendation.

  • A Neighborhood Meeting regarding the Police Station project was held on January 18, 2017. Residents inquired about storm water detention, green technology, construction dirt and noise and lighting into the neighborhood. All concerns were addressed. Click here to review notes from the Neighborhood Meeting.
     
  • The proposed design concepts of new Police Station (above) were reviewed by the the Village Board at its December 5, 2106 meeting. The  proposed design of the new Police Station is a two-story, 75,000-square foot facility that includes a basement and a 10,000-square-foot garage.Construction of the facility is anticipated t for the summer of 2017.

    Click here to view the Police Station Update presented on December 5, 2016.
     
  • At its February 15, 2016 meeting, the Village Board approved hiring Legat Architects for designing the new Police Station. At a cost of $1.65 million Legat Architects, with over 50 years of serving public sector clients, will team up with McClaren Wilson Lawrie to create plans for a new facility. McClaren Wilson Lawrie is an architectural firm that specializes in Police Station and Public Safety facilities throughout the country.
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    The existing 38,000-square-foot Police building, which opened in 1979, is deteriorating and no longer adequately serves the operational needs of a 24/7, 365 days a year Department. The building at 200 E. Sigwalt Avenue lacks space and is in need of significant mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) repairs and replacement, just to maintain it as a serviceable building.
     
    After preparing a feasibility study and updating a 2010 space needs study, it was determined in September, 2015 that a new Police facility of 70,000 square feet would adequately serve the department’s needs. The new building will be built on the existing municipal campus and it’s anticipated that construction will begin in 2017.
     
    To view more of the shortcomings of the current Police Station, click here
     
    The feasibility study estimated that the new facility could cost $27.9 million for construction only. Last month, the Village Board approved a $32.9 million bond for the Police Station project.
     
    Next steps for the project is to hire a construction manager to oversee the project work, and to find a temporary home for the police department until a new facility is completed.
     
  • 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.

     
  • FGM Architects presented its final report to the Village Board on the Police Station Feasibility Study on September 8, 2015. 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-evaluate the space needs and deficiencies 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 37-year-old, 38,000-square-foot Police Station for several years due to the facility being too small, lacking functionality, having deterioating infrastructure and no longer being adequate 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

  • FGM Architects are finalizing conceptual site plans illustrating a “best fit” option for a new Police Station on the current Municipal Campus. A series of building options and associated conceptual budgets are also being developed and will be presented to the Board for discussion shortly.

On January 20, 2015 FGM Architects completed its Space Needs portion of a study on the Police Station. After evaluating the current operation's needs and objectives, they determined that a new Police Station could be constructed on the current site. 

Through their work, FGM concluded that the size of the Police Station could be reduced to 72,656 square feet compared to earlier studies done on a new facility that projected a new building of over 76,600 square feet. 

The next steps of the Feasibility Study is to refine concept plans, review potential offsite storage locations, do an analysis of temporary facilities for the Police Department during construction and develop conceptual cost estimates for a new Police Station.

Review the Update to the Police Station Study presented by FGM on January 20, 2015. 

Click here to review a Police Project Update meeting between the Village Board and FGM Architects.

  • On November 10, 2014 goals for a new Police Station were discussed by the Village Board at a Committee of the Whole meeting. The current focus for FGM Architects, the firm hired to do a feasibility study of the police facility, is to re-validate a prior needs study on the Police Station and see whether it is feasible to build a new facility that meets the operations, needs and objectives of the Department by using the current site, and any available space on the Municipal Campus, including Village Hall.  Another meeting will be planned with the Village Board in the near future, and it is anticipated that the Feasibility Study will be completed between February – March of 2015.

    Click here to review the list of Goals for a new Police Station.

    Click here to view the video clip of the November 10, 2014 Committee of the Whole meeting.

     
  • As part of the Space Needs Study, FGM Architects have completed a series of multi-day meetings with Police Command Staff and Department Divisions to evaluate current operations, needs and objectives.
     
  • In early October, 2014 FGM Architects started its first phase of a Space Needs Study. FGM is an architectural firm specializing in Police Station and Law Enforcement design. A Committee of the Whole meeting will be held in November to gather input from the Village Board.
     
  • The Village Board approved at its meeting of September 2, 2014 that the Village Manager be authorized to execute a contract with FGM Architects in the amount not to exceed $70,355 to be funded from Account #431-9013-571-20-05 to prepare a Police Station feasibility study.
Video clip of Village Board Meeting of September 2.  View Agenda Item B., Report of the Committee of the Whole Meeting from August 25, 2014, Police Station Study.

 

 

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