By Chris Coppola for The Arizona Republic
Chandler has taken an initial step toward building a new public safety training facility that will allow the city’s police and fire departments to share the same site.
The city council at its July 9 meeting awarded a $2M contract to Phoenix-based McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie Inc. for the design of the public safety training center, which would be built off of Dobson Road south of Intel’s Ocotillo campus.
A study of police facilities conducted in 2014 recommended a new facility that would consolidate police-training operations. By constructing the facility on the fire agency’s site, the city will save about $8M compared to building a separate police facility.
In its 5-year capital improvement budget approved by the City Council last month, Chandler projects about $25M going toward construction of the facility, about $19M of that for the police department portion.
First phase of construction would take place in the city’s 2016-17 fiscal year with installation of offices, classrooms and a shared auditorium. The second phase would be built the following year and include construction of a firing range, classroom buildings, tactical village structures and a large-vehicle building.
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