New police station: Monroe sees plans for transforming former grocery store
Excerpt from Dayton Daily News article dated May 1, 2019.
Preliminary plans for transforming a former grocery store into Monroe’s new police station will have plenty of room for the staff as well as the potential to expand in the future.
Monroe City Council members saw a presentation by Mark Shoemaker of Cincinnati-based KZF Design of what the new exterior might look like as well a proposed floor plan for the building located at 601 S Main St.
Shoemaker told council they are trying to make look less of an IGA store and had received feedback from police employees, council’s Safety Committee and council members. The preliminary plan has several flexible options including a secure drive-through sallyport by using one of the two retail spaces at the shopping center.
In addition to the new sallyport, the proposed plans include a new public lobby with a vestibule that leads to a large training room with a kitchenette and adjacent restrooms, a soft interview room, a larger records office and storage area, a self-contained dispatching center and more.
Monroe The new facility also takes advantage of the larger parking area to be used for the public as well as a gated area for police and employee vehicles on the north and west sides of the building, Shoemaker said.
“This is exactly what we need,” said police Chief Bob Buchanan.Shoemaker said the building would also be able to have an enclosed shooting range if council wanted to add that as an option to the project. However, he said that could add another million dollars to the project.
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