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Discussion continues on planned $26.7 million police headquarters expansion

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The yellow square shows the proposed area in which the second phase of the Olathe Police headquarters would occupy. The expansion would add secure parking and require the demolition of the portion of the building that opened in 1983. 

During the City Council meeting Tuesday, the Olathe Police Department and representatives from PGAV Architects will give an update on the progress toward $26.7 million expansion to the current police headquarters on east Old Highway 56 in the next few years. 

According to the last project update given in June, planning for this project really began in 2004 as the police department looked to expand its headquarters’ footprint. The expansion was to be carried out in two phases, beginning with the first phase in 2010. 

The second phase of the project will include 40,000 square feet of new construction, 3,000 square feet of renovation to the 2010 campus expansion and demolition to the portion of the headquarters that opened in 1983. The end result will give the police department an 85,000 square-foot building. 

Additionally, the expansion project will create a new secured parking area for fleet and staff parking that will hold 225 vehicles.

The current structure is becoming too cramped, Chief of Police Mike Butaud said in a previous presentation over the summer. 

“Our city just continues to grow,” Butaud said at the time. “I feel this efficient and functional plan will absolutely enhance the police department and the city.”

The construction process will be a bit complicated, Jeff Blakeman, senior building design project manager, said in June, since the addition will attach in some areas to the 2010 structure. That includes a new second-floor area that will connect to both the planned and existing building. 

With the planning and design process ongoing, construction is set to begin early in 2022 with occupancy planned for 2023. Need assessment estimates anticipate this expansion to meet the needs of the community and the police department through 2043. 

Over the summer, there was also some discussion about adding a third phase to the master plan to come at a later date. That’s in part because the second phase, as designed, will ultimately be smaller than the original plans had entailed because of budget constraints, Blakeman said. He expects that process is likely to begin around 2040. By that time, growth estimates project the city will hire approximately 65 new police employees, Butaud said. This proposed third phase would entail 28,000 square feet of new construction to hold a community room, training facilities and other spaces. 

City documents about the presentation planned for Tuesday say that this discussion “will primarily focus on the site development plan, the organization of the floor plans, and the proposed design for the exterior of the building expansion.” Timeline updates may be provided as well. 

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