With each brick put in place, members of the Waxahachie Police Department are counting down to their move into a new home. Construction on the new station is on track to be completed in June with a move-in by July.
“The exterior walls are up and they are now bricking the outside. On the inside, they are getting the drywall up and getting rooms defined, cabling run, and wiring done. So it is really starting to come together,” Waxahachie Police Chief Wade Goolsby said. “I think that people can start to get a sense of it now when they drive by. They are able to see what it is going to look like.”
Goolsby stated the new station would provide the officers with needed tools and resources that they have lacked for some time.
"The features that we are most excited about are having a training room or community room where we can host a meeting. We can host training and can let the public use that room,” Goolsby explained. “We are going to have a nice workout room to help officers stay in shape and keep physically fit. Those are the two key rooms that we are looking forward to having and we will use on a daily basis.”
Goolsby noted the building would feature a briefing room, a report writing area for officers, and a crime scene processing area. All areas of which the department does not currently have.
At the current station, located at 216 N. College Street, officers are lacking space to grow for the future and made use of a former car dealership.
The new station will be 35,000 square feet and will allow the department space to develop 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. No plans have been set on what the existing station will be used for once the department moves out.
“What we tried to do architecturally is to create an exterior that, even though it is new, had some elements that looked old and picked from the history of the historical buildings,” Goolsby said. “There is going to be a little bit contrast from the outside that reflects the past and the inside that reflects the future.”
Goolsby further explained that there will be an area off the main lobby where some of the department’s history will be displayed to honor the past. It will be open for the public to view.
A grand opening for the building is planned, but no date has been set at this time. The new station is located at 630 Farley Street in Waxahachie.