Fruita Pans To Remodel, Expand Police Station

FRUITA, Colo. (AP) – Fruita city officials have begun planning to remodel and expand their overcrowded police station.

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Monday the project is expected to cost about $1.2 million.

City Manager Clint Kinney says most of that will come from money saved during construction of a community center.

The current police station is a 30-year-old building that once housed a bank and city offices. The department has run out of room to store evidence, so it’s spread among three buildings. Officers have no storage lockers, so they keep their uniforms, equipment and personal belongings in their vehicles.

Police Chief Mark Angelo says the city considered moving the station, but one possible location wasn’t big enough and another didn’t become available for purchase.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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