Fruita nears completion on its upgraded police station
Fruita’s remodeled police station is nearly done, with landscaping still in the works at its location on Mesa Street, south of the circle (157 S. Mesa St.).
“We expanded it,” Fruita’s City Manager Clint Kinney said. “Before construction, the police station was about 4,000 square feet. Now, it’s just over 11,000 square feet. We were crammed before. Now there’s some room for growth.”
The police department upgrade was made possible, in part, due to the opening of Fruita’s Community Center in 2010. The community room attached to the police department (which was used before the rec center’s existence) was thus able to be remodeled, with an additional 3,000-4,000 square feet added to the existing structure with exterior improvements.
“It looks very different,” Kinney said. “It used to be an outdated building. Now it’s much more modern.”
Fruita Police Chief Mark Angelo also noted his excitement for the new structure, where his staff of 22 are already working.
“We needed it for a long time — the extra space and showers,” Angelo said. “It’s just great.”
The showers are in a new locker room area, a necessary amenity the Fruita PD lacked until now. It will be used by officers to clean up, decontaminate (if there’s a particularly messy situation) and store extra uniforms.
Other updates include more interview rooms and expanded evidence storage.
According to Kinney, the police station revamp cost the city $1.5 million for the whole project.
“We got a lot of bang for our buck,” he said. “We started in late 2012 and we will finish up in the next few weeks. … City Council made public safety a big goal (for 2012-13). It’s a big achievement.”
Each year, the Lions Club uses race proceeds from the FireKracker 4K race to provide eye examinations and eye glasses for those in the Roaring Fork Valley who are in need.
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