Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness is proposing a new $12 million headquarters for the city’s police department.
The 45,000-square-foot, three-story facility would be constructed where the Fishers City Court building sits today, directly to the north of the $6-$7 million Braden Business Systems Inc. headquarters, which is under construction on the corner of North Street and Municipal Drive.
In a presentation to the Fishers City Council on Monday, Fadness said the crime lab, patrol division, internet crimes division and property room are all out of space in the existing police headquarters (see image to the right) at 4 Municipal Drive, across the street from the proposed new building.
The headquarters was built in 1994 when the city had 30 police officers. The proposed 2017 budget includes salaries for 111 officers.
The new facility would provide room for special operations, evidence storage, processing labs, training, a gym with lockers, an armory and intake/processing. It would provide enough space for the next 30 years and allow the city to consolidate police operations into one facility, according to Fadness.
Right now, the city pays $36,000 annually to rent space in addition to the headquarters.
The project would also include a 2,400-square-foot sally port and SWAT garage, and a 28,800-square-foot parking structure.
If the new headquarters project is approved by the City Council, several other city offices, possibly including IT, city court, general administration and permitting, and inspections, would be relocated into the old building.
Construction could start in November and be complete by fall 2017, Fadness said.