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October 28, 2020

9/18/2020 10:55:00 AM
New P.D. project cost reviewed

Granted,  the information presented last week to the Lakes Area Police Commmission on a new headquarters for the agency was just preliminary;  but members were left rather speechless as the sticker price was announced.  BKV Group was hired to do an analysis of new police facility space needs and to see how a facility could best be oriented on the chosen site.  Design firm representative Bruce Schwartzman estimated $7.4 million for the project.

Police Commissioner and Chisago City Council liaison  Jeremy Dresel was attending remotely by computer, and when the commission chairman, Lindstrom Mayor Kevin Stenson,  solicited his comment-- Dresel remarked, “I’m still pulling myself up off the floor.”

To be on the safe side, architects and designers estimate project costs will escalate five percent annually and this $7.4 million estimate is for a build-2021 project, Schwartzman added.  When the commission gives the green light it will still take about 10 months to put in the final details.

Lakes Area Police operations are housed in a few locations now.  With the merger over 10 years ago of Chisago City and Lindstrom departments there were offices/impound lot located in both cities, but the main action is in Lindstrom City Hall.

This square footage has been inadequate for some time.  

The idea is that the cramped city hall government functions will easily absorb the vacated space when police operations move to a future facility, near the Chisago City Public Works complex and fire hall, on Karmel Avenue.

Schwartzman reminded commissioners the plan will still be useful 20 years out,  and that facilities like this don’t get built frequently. The information he showed last week will be able to accomodate 28 to 30 staff (about twice current levels)  and provides inside vehicle storage, which LAPD does not have.

Existing conditions leading to the commission hiring experts for considering a new building arose from lack of space for securing an offender, and activities like weapons maintenance have no designated areas. The current breakroom is in name only and is used for a variety of functions.  

The new project layout is based on “good standards, nothing excessive” Schwartzman added.

The Police Commission voted 4-0 to simply accept the review and anlysis.

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