CdA PD plans $4.5 million station expansion

COEUR d’ALENE – The Coeur d’Alene Police Department has been given the go-ahead to hire contractor CORE West for pre-construction services for a planned $4.5 million expansion of its headquarters.

CORE West is a national firm that specializes in municipal buildings and public safety buildings. The company is also building the $44 million Veterans Home in Post Falls.

The Coeur d’Alene City Council approved $40,000 for CORE West’s services at a meeting Tuesday night, though the final total will be determined once the city selects a design firm partner.

Pre-construction services help analyze, plan, design and establish requirements for the construction process.

The money will come from the $4.5 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds allocated for the expansion project.

Captain Dave Hagar said the expansion of the department was badly needed.

“We grew as the rest of the city grew,” he said. “We are running out of space.”

Hagar said the agency, which is authorized to have 97 sworn officers and about 17 civilian positions, has only six vacancies. The expansion would increase the work space available to police personnel.

As it stands, Hagar said, the maximum locker room occupancy at the police station is exceeded on a daily basis. The offices are occupied by more than twice as many people as expected.

The agency also wants to increase the size of its training room, which doubles as an emergency operations center.

“We don’t have the space we need to be effective,” he said.

Hagar said the agency decided to hire a contractor before a design consultant so the two could work together to plan the expansion.

“The goal is to get the best value for citizens for what we’re trying to accomplish and to keep it really utilitarian,” Hagar said.

The chances of launching the expansion before spring are slim, Hagar said. But that’s part of the plan.

“We want to take our time and understand,” he said.

Jack L. Goldstein