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Design Plans Set for New Rock Island Police Station

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     It's a project that's been talked about for years. Monday night Rock Island city leaders and the public got a look at the final design plans for a new police station. Improved efficiency was at the top of the wish list for both the police and the public.

     The facility is going to replace the current one that is more than 70 years old and half the size it needs to be. With the 44,000 square feet in the new one will come a lot more efficiency compared to now. It's all going between 12th and 13th Streets and 5th and 7th Avenues just west of downtown.     

     The new facility is geared toward easier access for the public and being a place people can utilize with a community room a part of the design. A patrol car garage and sectioned off lot for officers and staff will mean for more safety and security. There's also a building currently on the site that's going to be utilized.

     "There's an existing structure on the site about 13,000 square foot and we're able to make that into our crime lab and evidence storage. Those are areas that are critical functions to the police department and we know that evidence storage is a major challenge for us right now," said Chief Jeff VenHuizen.

     With the current building long serving beyond its capacity city leaders wondered about the life span of the new facility. Officials say it will likely last more than 50 years and they've planned for room to grow. The total price tag on the project is just over $19 million. The goal is to start construction between June and August and have the building complete December 2015.