Council: Keep police, 911 together

Grand Junction City Council members agree the best option for a public safety center is to combine a new police station and 911 emergency center under one roof. Included in that plan is the remodeling of Grand Junction’s Fire Department’s Station No. 1, 330 South Sixth St. and Station No. 2, 2827 Patterson Road.

Grand Junction City Council members directed staff Tuesday during a workshop to start work on fine tuning that plan, an option that was labeled No. 7 of eight plans presented during an open house Monday night.

The plan calls for police and 911 emergency services to be under one roof on the lot at Fifth Street and Ute Avenue. Portions of the current Grand Junction Police Station, 625 Ute Ave., built before 1984 would be torn down

The remaining space would house fire department administration. The next-door fire department would be remodeled to include more sleeping quarters upstairs and office space downstairs.

More sleeping quarters and another ambulance would be added to Station No. 2 to assist the department with its highest influx of call load

A police annex would be located at the city shops, off West Ave.

The city today is purchasing certificates of participation of up to $32.7 million to pay for construction costs. The city plans to repay the note in annual installments of $2.2 million for 30 years.



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