Montrose, CO — Construction of the new Montrose Public Safety Complex (MPSC) has begun with heavy machinery performing site preparation work along South First Street on the city's downtown civic campus.
On Tuesday the city's contractor, Shaw Construction, began installing safety fencing around the site. With heavy machinery now traversing the site on a daily basis, the public is prohibited from entering the construction area.
Earlier this month, on April 5, the Montrose City Council joined command staff at the Montrose Police Department, along with senior city staff and other community partners, for a ground-breaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of this important civic building.
Construction is expected to take about one year to complete.
This week Shaw Construction updated the site plan for the MPSC, which will allow for traffic access to the Centennial Plaza parking lot. Heavy machinery can be expected at the site's entry points along South First Street and at a gate on Uncompahgre Avenue near South Second Street. The site's main gate and equipment staging area will be located on South Second Street at the entrance of the All Points Transit center.
On Monday, April 19, massive excavation work will begin to make way for the building's foundation. Structural concrete work for the complex is expected to begin in May.
In 2019 Montrose voters approved ballot measure 2A, increasing city sales taxes to fund the hiring of additional police officers and support staff as well as the construction of the new MPSC, which will become the future home of the Montrose Police Department.
In March the City Council officially authorized $16,212,884 for the construction of the MPSC. The project is funded by the Public Safety Fund, which is comprised of funding from certificates of participation that were issued for the project, City of Montrose Public Safety Sales Tax, and General Fund operations.
Public safety remains the city's highest priority. Montrose Police Chief Blaine Hall has continued to thank the public for approving ballot measure 2A, which will allow the department to implement the department's new proactive policing methods intended to disrupt crime and drug trafficking throughout the community.
Designs of the MPSC include modern technology that will allow officers to sync their body-worn and in-car equipment with the building's digital infrastructure for evidence retention and storage.
The effort to build a new MPSC began in 2018 when a group of concerned citizens representing Montrose Regional Crime Stoppers brought data to the City Council that they believed supported their conclusion that police services in the city were greatly understaffed and underfunded.
To ensure the public’s safety during construction, Shaw Construction has created an avenue for people to contact the company with questions and/or concerns by contacting Ty Withee at 970.248.2639 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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