After months of study, Ada officials are approaching a milestone in their plans to build new police and fire stations.
Ada City Council will consider a site report for the projects from the Texas-based architectural firm Wiginton Hooker Jeffry during a special meeting set for 6:15 p.m. Monday at City Hall. Council may take action following the report.
Wiginton Hooker Jeffrey found the site at J.A. Richardson Loop and Mississippi Avenue earned the highest score among several possible locations, Interim City Manager Cody Holcomb said Friday. He said the firm thinks putting the departments on separate sites would be more expensive, but he declined to comment on the possible cost.
“I’ll let them (the architecture firm) talk about it, because they’ve studied it and the reasons for those costs,” he said.
He noted the firm will present its findings during the meeting, and representatives from the project committees will be on hand. However, the final decision lies with city councilmen.
The meeting is the latest step in a process that began in 2010, when voters approved a proposal to extend a one-cent sales tax for five years. The proceeds are earmarked for a variety of capital improvement projects, including a new fire station, a new police/911 station and a sports complex.
The city set up a series of citizens committees for each project, including the police and fire stations. Those committees met with representatives of Wiginton Hooker Jeffry to discuss ideas for the facilities.
Those discussions prompted city officials to look at possible sites for the new stations, including keeping the police department at its current location, Holcomb said. He said officials considered building the fire station at the northeast corner of Fourth Avenue and Broadway, but that property has been sold and is no longer available.
Officials also evaluated the site at J.A. Richardson Loop and Mississippi Avenue, which included discussions of whether the police and fire stations should occupy the same property.
The council will likely choose a site Monday and decide whether the police and fire departments should be together, Holcomb said.
“What that will do, it will allow us to then engage the architect to move into a design phase,” he said. “And that’s to take this concept and turn it into a set of plans and prints and start updating cost estimates. And then to develop a set of construction documents. At some point in the future, we can bid out construction.”
He noted that new court and 911 facilities would be part of the mix.
Officials will decide the size and layout of the new stations at a later date.