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Frankfort police station project moves ahead

BY SHARON BARDONNER - sbardonner@ftimes.com

Frankfort Police Chief Troy Bacon gave the City Council a status report on the police station project at their meeting Monday.

According to Bacon, the group tasked with choosing a firm for designing the new facility has chosen KJG Architecture of West Lafayette and Zimmerman Architectural Studios, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The two firms submitted a joint proposal to the city. 

Since mid-April, said Bacon, members of the project team pored through the two proposals submitted by KJG/ZAS and American Structurepoint and also visited police stations designed by each. Bacon said he also talked with Don DeWeese, superintendent of the Community Schools of Frankfort, for his feedback on KJG’s performance designing the $30 million renovation of Frankfort High School. 

“He had nothing but good things to say about them,” Bacon related. 

In addition, he detailed, the police project committee spent about two hours with each of the design firms, held a public meeting April 27 and on May 9 received the Board of Works’ approval to contract with KJG/ZAS, contingent on the Council’s approval to spend the $48,000 fee for Phase I.

The $48,000 will come from the city’s 2018 budget, Bacon explained. Because of a lag in hiring the two new officers budgeted, there will be $44,261.97 remaining in that salary line, and the remaining dollars will come from FPD’s building repair budget.

Phase I includes assessing the current station on West Washington Street; developing a needs list and conducting a space needs analysis; programming to obtain a rough estimate of the total square footage needed; and evaluating the four sites picked out.

Bacon said there will be four phases overall.

Council member Lewis Wheeler asked whether the dilapidated roundhouse site on the city’s west side was one of the four locations being considered, Bacon said it was not due to the extra expense that would be involved at the site. Wheeler, however, said he hoped the roundhouse would be added to the list so the area would be remediated.

More than four sites may be studied, Beardsley added, because when designers with KJG/ZAS visit Frankfort, they will approach the site selection process with open minds that may result in other locations being brought into the mix.