Marana police will eventually operate out of a new, $20.4 million facility at the Marana Municipal Complex.
The Town Council approved the project by a 4-2 vote at a meeting Tuesday, with Roxanne Ziegler and Dave Bowen opposed and Herb Kai absent.
Town spokesman Rodney Campbell said how to fund the facility has yet to be hashed out, and there is not yet a timetable for construction of the 46,000-square-foot building.
The council selected the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive, over sites at West Twin Peaks Road and West Linda Vista Boulevard near Interstate 10 and at the Marana Operations Center, 5100 W. Ina Road.
WSM Architects and Core Construction were tapped to develop cost estimates for the facility, which will include showers, locker and evidence storage spaces and public areas. There will be parking for 100 vehicles and 150 spaces for secure police parking.
Police Chief Terry Rozema suggested in a memo to the mayor and council that funding could come from a temporary sales tax increase, a voter-approved secondary property tax, revenue from new retail centers or a combination of sources.
Rozema also suggested the town could look into partnering with private entities in a lease agreement, with the option to take over ownership.
“We are really excited for their support for the project,” Rozema said of the Town Council. “At whatever point we’re able to figure out a funding source for it, it will be an opportunity to move ahead for us.”
Rozema said the bigger facility will improve the way the department functions. He’s hoping it will include holding cells and an indoor shooting range, which the current facility lacks.
One of the bigger benefits will be the showers and lockers.
Now, “if somebody gets thrown up on, they’ve got to go home and take a shower or whatever,” Rozema said.
Since 2005, the department has operated out of a 19,000-square-foot facility at the Marana Municipal Complex.
The department employs 83 officers and 31 civilians and operates on a $10.6 million budget.
The upgrade will be helpful, Campbell said.
“It would give the police department a more modern facility,” he said. “As our community continues to grow, their job gets to be more and more challenging. Having a new building that has amenities that they really need will go a long way toward helping them be able to fulfill their duties.”