Police Fancy New Station Set For Police In Dc Ranch;Security Features Hidden In Attractive Design By Diana Balazs, The Arizona Republic November 25, 2000 Saturday, Final Copyright 2000 Phoenix Newspapers, Inc. The Arizona Republic November 25, 2000 Saturday, Final Terms and Conditions Copyright(c) 2000 LEXIS-NEXIS, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights Reserved.
(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) -- Only in Scottsdale does a new police building come complete with a babbling brook, sturdy wood beams, meandering rock walls and a sweeping view of the McDowell Mountains.
After a year of construction, Scottsdale police are about to open their third police station, this one in the upscale DC Ranch development.
The $3.5 million DC Ranch Public Safety Facility at 20355 N. Pima Road includes the police building and an adjacent Rural/Metro fire station.
Both were built on 4.5 acres donated by DMB and Associates Inc., developers of DC Ranch. The developers also donated the 60 tons of decorative rock used for the walls. The buildings were designed to fit in with the surrounding architecture.
About $2.2 million for the project came from bond money approved by Scottsdale voters in 1989, with the rest from city contingency funds, said Capt. Dave Marshall, the district commander.
He said the 9,300-square-foot station will be fully operational by Dec. 17. It will house 38 officers, eight police assistants, seven sergeants, two lieutenants and Marshall. Two property detectives also may be based there.
The facility is needed to keep pace with growth and to reduce response times. Officers now are based at the main police station at 90th Street and Via Linda, about seven miles south of the new station.
"Traveling from Via Linda, the officer working up in the north end of town has over a 20-mile drive to the very north end of the city now," Marshall said. "This cuts it down."
The new station will cover 141 square miles north of Shea Boulevard. A fourth police station is planned for the city's most northern edge.
Marshall said the new facility also brings the department closer to residents. There is even a community room where residents can hold meetings.
The lobby will be open during business hours. A 911 emergency phone will be installed outside for the public to use after hours.
The new building does not have a jail. An interview room can be used to house a prisoner temporarily.
The design incorporates security features such as a tiered public front counter. The brook and stone walls are not only pretty but act as a moatlike barrier.
Marshall said the station is designed so that 6,000 more square feet could be added without giving up any parking.
The new fire station includes a 4,300-square-foot truck bay and 2,580 square feet of living quarters. Station No. 816 will house one truck and three firefighter/paramedics. The crew will move out of its existing home down the road in a construction trailer.
"Eventually, our plan is to put an ambulance up here and maybe a battalion chief," Rural/Metro spokeswoman Ruthanne Gilbert said.
Both buildings will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Dec. 9. Public tours will be conducted until 4 p.m.