Construction for new Sherman police facility set to begin this fall
SHERMAN, Texas (KXII) - Sherman police officers are getting closer to their new home this year.
After touring several other departments around Texas, they presented the proposed layout to City Council Monday night.
Initial plans include an Annex facility with extra space for storage, training and special investigations.
The department said the new building will also be able to fit twice the amount of officers.
The Sherman Police Headquarters was built in the late 60′s and they’re running out of room.
“Cause we are almost at capacity now, as far as the internal of the building and also in our parking situation, so a new building with more space is very much needed,” said Sherman Police Sgt. Brett Mullen.
Mullen said the plan is for the new facility to house the department for decades to come.
And for that to happen, it has to match the city’s pace.
It’s set to be built at the corner of West Travis Street and Northgate Drive off FM 1417, an area of upcoming development.
The land is near the new Sherman High School and a Sherman Fire Station.
“That location was chosen due to its proximity to what’s going to be coming new in the city. Also, it’s quick access to major thoroughfares through the city,” Mullen said.
They’ve toured five new police departments in Texas, including College Station, Richardson and DFW.
One major change will be an added Annex facility.
“Taking input from those, taking input from our current officers just to make use of the space, make things more efficient,” Mullen said.
He said the architect hopes to set a precedent for future city buildings in Sherman by using timeless elements like natural lighting and brick and stone.
It’s expected to cost between $14 and 16 million.
“With the growth of the city, you’re going to need a larger police force and we need to accommodate that police force with a larger police department,” Mullen said.
The building for the current police station will serve as office space for other city employees, including fire station administration.
Construction is set to start in the fall with plans to finish by 2023.
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