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Cape Girardeau city council discusses new police station design at meeting

(Source: Mike Mohundro, Heartland News) (Source: Mike Mohundro, Heartland News)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, Heartland News) (Source: Mike Mohundro, Heartland News)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The Cape Girardeau City Council meeting Monday night looked at the Police Station Space Design Presentation.

Police Chief Wes Blair partnered with FGM Architects Principals Louise Kowalczyk and Raymond Lee out of Oak Brooke, Ill. They went in front of city council members presenting three different options of building a new police station for the city.

The existing site, built 38 years ago, is a total of over 18,700 square feet which sits on 1.6 acres. They have 29 beds in the jail, of which 34 to 41 is the current requirement. With Cape Girardeau growing, more space is needed. They feel like the current police station is out dated. In 1975, daytime population was at 60,000. In 2010 the daytime population is 100,000. Currently there are 75 commissioned officers and 18 civilian officers.

They say the current police station has many issues with it, which is why a new building is being considered. Issues include:

  • Plumbing and fire protection is at the end of it's useful life.
  • The electrical system is inadequate to serve current needs.
  • The security system is lacking in security in the building.
  • Police parking is not secure.
  • Interior finishes look dated.
  • Accessibility and environmental conditions.
  • Basement is not accessible.
  • Pipe insulation may contain asbestos.
  • A mold inspection is recommended.
  • The jail is overcrowded and some inmates are released early due to lack of beds.
  • More space is needed for a conference room, evidence garage, bond out and prisoner release room.

The plans for the new police station needs 41,886 square feet to accommodate for current and future needs. It needs at least 40 beds with a cell block, 116 parking spaces and 1.7 to 2.3 acres of land. Due to potential growth based on a 25 to 30 year period, they will add 26 commissioned officers and 4 civilian officers.

The new current plans feature a municipal court. The addition of a fire department administration is a future option which need 3,931 square feet.

Option A uses the existing site of 1.83 acres. This features a two story new building, adding 10,850 square feet for the jail on the first floor. It also adds 15,750 square feet for police functions on the first and second floor. There is the option to add 5,851 square feet for the municipal court. Parking is added into this for 115 spots for staff and 30 spots for visitors. The existing station will remain working during construction.

Option B uses the existing site as well. This also will feature a two story new building, adding 10,850 square feet for the jail on the first floor. Also adding 15,750 square feet for police functions on the first and second floor. Again, there is the option to add 5,851 square feet for the municipal court. Parking is added into this for 60 spots for staff and 96 spots for visitors. The existing station also will remain working during construction.

Option C uses the Old Federal Courthouse site on Broadway. This option will not have the ability to add the municipal court due to lack of acreage. One of the pros to this location is good visibility. A couple of cons to this location is lack of space for parking and pedestrian traffic is a concern.

According to Blair, adding a municipal court to the project benefits less prisoner movement, greater security and potentially reduce staffing needs. Also, the old courtroom can be used for overcrowding.

The option FGM Architects would like to pursue is option B. They say it has relatively little cost and saves money by re-using the existing location. They say no existing potential issues of locating a lot for a new police station.

The target budget is $11 million. The initial budget for the three proposed options includes land acquisition, furniture, fixtures, equipment, fees and soft costs. The total project cost for option A is as high as $14,814,251. Option B total cost is as high as 14,957,191. Option C total cost is as high as 13,596,175.

City Council member John Voss, Ward 1, asked why just these two locations? Lee replied, it was the only two locations given for us to evaluate.

Mark Lanzotti, Ward 5 elaborated on what is a jail in the future and will we need one? Lanzotti would like to look at studies for potential alternative ways.

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