WAXAHACHIE — History is soon to unfold in the life of the Waxahachie Police Department and the community is invited to watch firsthand.
The department will host its groundbreaking ceremony for a new station April 5 at 8:30 a.m. at the Salvation Army, located at 620 Farley St. in Waxahachie.
A short ceremony will take place in the Salvation Army’s gymnasium with the actual groundbreaking held in the field next door where the station will be built.
“We are excited to get started on the construction of this finally. We have been working on the design of this for a year or more. This is going to be an exciting benchmark,” Waxahachie Police Chief Wade Goolsby said. “This is just a huge event for the department. All these officers have never worked anywhere else but this building. They have been hearing about a new station for several years. I think to actually see the groundbreaking and the building going up is going to be really exciting.”
The station, which will be located in the 600 block of Farley St., will be 35,000 square feet and allow the department space to grow for the next 20 years. The cost of the project is estimated at $15 million. Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects oversaw the architectural design and engineering on the building.
According to architect company's website, the business has built several law enforcement facilities. These facilities include the Mesquite Police Facility, the Grand Prairie Public Safety Facility, the City of San Antonio Public Safety Headquarters, the University of Oklahoma Police Department building and the Fort Collins Police Services Building.
The builder on the project is Byrne Construction. According to its website, Byrne's work ranges from high-rise office buildings, hospital, data and call centers, educational facilities and governmental buildings. Some of these facilities include the Denton County Administration building, the City of Feller Fire Station No. 4, City of Grapevine Convention Center, Visitors Bureau headquarters and museum complex and the interior and exterior restoration of the Historic Ellis County Courthouse.
Goolsby said while the design process has taken over a year to complete the final product is something both the officers and the community will be proud of when it is completed.
"It is really exciting for me. There are two things that I think we will enjoy having and one of them is a training room. We currently do not have any place to train. There are no other places that have any kind of classroom. Then we will also have a little workout area so we can work out and stay in shape,” Goolsby said. “Back in patrol, they are going to be in shock. They do all of their functions currently in one room. That is the end of shift trying to write reports while the other shift is briefing and getting ready to go out on the streets. It is just chaos back there. Now we will have separate areas for those functions. It will be so much better for them.”
Goolsby added that the location of the new station being next to the Salvation Army would help build on the positive relationship the department already has with the non-profit.
“The new station won’t impact their operations at all and I am hoping that it enhances their operations. I think that by being neighbors you will see a lot of partnership and we are already working with them on things,” Goolsby said. “They have already helped us with a couple of issues this past year. We are really starting to build a strong relationship with them.”
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