Location for new police station site next to City Hall

The location of the new building is highlighted in light blue.

MARICOPA — While the Maricopa Police Department is still preparing to move to a new headquarters, it will no longer be going very far.

According to a press release from the city, the new Police Administration Building and Emergency Communications Center will be on a plot just south of the current police station. This allows Maricopa to utilize the original design at no added cost.

The new building previously was set to be located adjacent to the new Pinal County building near Wilson and Garvey avenues.

As the city expands away from John Wayne Parkway, the new location will place the officers in a “more central location for responding to emergencies,” the release said.

It is planned to be around 32,000 square feet, providing emergency dispatchers and officers with plenty of space to expand and continue their “excellent service to the community for decades to come.”

The new building is expected to meet Maricopa’s needs until the city is between 150,000 and 200,000 population.

Over the past 18 months, the police force has seen “promising growth” with eight new officers. The current facilities house 70 uniformed officers and 13 dispatchers, rotating between three call stations.

The new building will eventually accommodate over 100 officers and 20 call stations for dispatchers.

Original plans will still be used to allow future expansion to host other jurisdictions as partners in emergency communications.

This $25 million project comes from combined monies from land sale proceeds, the city general fund and impact fees from builders. There’s no new debt or tax created to support any of this project.

The city is still finalizing the start date for construction.

“We are excited to see this project come to fruition and keep you informed on the progress along the way,” the release stated.

The current PD building remodeling is planned to be a separate capital project in the next fiscal year, for use to house larger offices for growing city departments.

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Kimlye Stager covers Maricopa and the surrounding area for PinalCentral, including city, education, business, crime and more. She can be reached at kstager@pinalcentral.com.

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