A city in western Colorado that has seen its population nearly double in the last two decades may soon have a new and larger police headquarters designed to respond to that growth.
Voters in Montrose last year narrowly approved a 0.58 percent increase in the city’s sales tax, designed in part to fund the construction of a station that could cost anywhere from $16 million to $17.3 million to build.
Montrose officials have long said that the current headquarters facility at 343 South 1st Street, which formerly served as the city’s public library, is too small for present-day needs.
The Montrose Police Department moved into that one-story structure in 1991.
Although earlier estimates predicted that it would cost between $9 million to $12 million to build the new station, the higher latest figures also includes the construction of an evidence storage facility.
Work on the new headquarters could launch this summer with a rough completion date of sometime in 2020.
Montrose’s current population is now nearing the 20,000 mark, up from 12,300 in the year 2000.
By Garry Boulard
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