City unveils its public safety options

Eight designs rolled out for public inspection

Lena Elliott and councilman Bruce Hill discuss a visual display of options for building materials for the new public safety building at City Hall on Monday night.

Grand Junction city staff on Monday night rolled out eight construction designs for the public to peruse to create a future public safety center.

The most popular option identified in the meeting dominated by firefighters and paramedics with the Grand Junction Fire Department sticks within the city’s planned $35 million price tag, money that it plans to obtain using certificates of participation.

The option, which also was preferred by some city staff and members of the public, calls for:

Building and housing a new police station and 911 emergency center on property at Fifth Street and Ute Avenue.

Remodeling the existing city shops off West Avenue for a police annex.

Remodeling the existing west wing of the current police station, 625 Ute Ave. (a portion of the building constructed after 1984) for fire administration.

Remodeling Grand Junction Fire Station Number 1, 330 S. Sixth St.

Grand Junction City Council members today in a workshop will review the options and input from residents gathered at the open house and through online comments. City Council members’ final decision on the logistics and scope of the public safety center likely will be made after an upcoming public hearing.

The city today plans to purchase the certificates of participation. It will pay $2.2 million a year in lease payments for 30 years to pay off the note.

Voters in 2008 rejected a tax increase to create a $98 million public safety center, which some residents said was too extravagant. Amenities that won’t be included in the first phase of the new public safety center include a parking garage, municipal court and additional neighborhood fire stations.


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