The City of Turlock is just days away from opening its new, $30 million Public Safety Facility.
The Public Safety Facility, located at the corner of Broadway and Olive Avenue, will replace the 50-year-old old Turlock Police Department building on North Palm Street, which the department has long-since outgrown. The new 57,000 square-foot building is actually larger than the Turlock Police Department needs today, as its massive size will allow for 30 years of community growth.
“We are all excited and feel very fortunate to be a part of this transition,” said Turlock Police spokesperson Mayra Lewis. “We outgrew our current facility several years ago so this is a much needed move. The new Public Safety Facility will house us comfortably and allow for future growth.”
The big move starts tomorrow, when the Administration, Records, and Investigations Divisions will pack up and move to their new home. That means the Turlock Police Department Records Division will be closed to the public on Friday, reopening at the new Public Safety Center on Monday.
The old facility still has a week of operations left, though. Dispatch will move next week, and Patrol Operations will move next weekend, before the old Turlock Police Department closes for good. It will then likely be sold to the Turlock Irrigation District, for an estimated $2.5 million.
With the move set to wrap up on Sept. 22, a dedication ceremony is currently scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Sept. 27.
That's later than initial plans called for, as an opening was delayed months from original plans after developers found much of the soil contaminated by gasoline, likely from an old gas station fuel cell on site. Contractors were forced to dig 5 to 7 feet deep, excavate the contaminated soil, and backfill the dirt with clean soil before work could continue.
The building has been under construction since March 22, 2011.
An open house of the new Public Safety Facility will take place on Oct. 26. Tours will be offered, barbecue and refreshments will be available, and equipment will be displayed and demonstrated.
To see a computer-rendered video tour of the facility, visit http://www.ci.turlock.ca.us/swf/player.asp?id=mp4:TURLOCK_PSF.mp4.