Why do we need a new Police Building?
The current Police Building has numerous deficiencies. These are also highlighted by FGM Architects in the Space Needs Analysis report:
- The current Police Building is undersized at 34,416 square feet. The space needs study identified 81,123 square feet for effective Police Department operations.
- The current building lacks adequate parking for the community, visitors and employees.
- The current building does not have adequate space for emerging trends in Law Enforcement technology.
- The current building lacks space to properly train officers in contemporary police training methods. The training room is shared with the Fire Department and scheduling conflicts are a continuous challenge.
There is no community meeting area that will allow the Mount Prospect Community to engage with area Beat Police Officers to address community concerns.
In addition to lack of space, there are functionality issues that are of major concern:
- There is not adequate space to provide safe separation between victims and offenders.
- The booking room is set up with arrestees seated behind the officer while that officer completes arrestee processing. The layout creates a danger to the officer who should have the arrestee within their line of sight at all times.
- The current building has several leaks including a leak in the garage. This leak causes damage to police vehicles and equipment.
- The current building requires significant maintenance. The planned projects to maintain the current Police Building are $1,401,000.
Why can’t we renovate the current Police Building?
- The existing building footprint does not allow for increased parking and is not a sustainable option for future Police Department growth.
- The existing space and design do not meet the needs of modern policing today, and will not meet future needs of Police Department operations.
- Renovations will not address the lack of parking on the site.
How will the Village pay for 799 Biermann Court?
- The Village of Mount Prospect has developed a financing strategy to ensure there is no increase to the property tax levy. The financial strategy will include issuance of new debt and refinancing the existing debt. Surplus reserves and the use of capitalized interest allow the Village to maintain a level debt service.
How will the Village pay for 799 Biermann Court?
The Village of Mount Prospect has developed a financing strategy to ensure there is no increase to the property tax levy. The financial strategy will include issuance of new debt and refinancing the existing debt. Surplus reserves and the use of capitalized interest allow the Village to maintain a level debt service.
What are we going to do with the old building?
- Downtown reinvestment and development is a key goal within the Village’s Strategic Plan. In the short term, Fire Station 13 will continue operations in the existing building. This property has high redevelopment potential due to its location within the Prospect and Main TIF district and its current condition.
Where is the Fire Department going to move?
- The Fire Department is conducting a response time study. The results of the study will provide further information about future Fire Department locations.
Why a new Police Building when our schools need more funding?
- School districts are separate tax entities with separate budgets. School Districts are governed by the Board of Education who is responsible for school management. School districts are not governed by the Village of Mount Prospect and do not share a budget with the Village of Mount Prospect.
Why this location for a new Police Building?
- Built in 1982; 799 Biermann Court is an existing building in very good condition, at 103,126 square feet, is large enough for an adaptive reuse. The building layout has the flexibility to design a building that meets modern police operation standards and has room to meet future challenges and growth.
- The existing building will reduce construction costs and reusing the building is the environmentally conscious decision.
- The proposed site plan includes drive access onto Kensington Road. This access will be utilized by Police staff and visitors, and allows for quick connection to Route 83, Rand Road and Wolf Road.
- 799 Biermann Court contains a single floor design that increases officer safety and establishes barrier free communication. The building layout will provide privacy to victims providing a more accommodating environment.
- The building has the space to contain a modern training facility that offers a variety of training methods.
- The building will increase community engagement with room to host meetings with Beat Police Officers.
- The building will meet evolving technology requirements.
799 Biermann Court provides the necessary space for evidence processing and space to secure evidence including; large items and vehicles.