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Saratoga Springs Department of Public Safety unveils new building designs

Designs for a new public safety building were unveiled during a Saratoga Springs City Council meeting Tuesday, June 3.

Commissioner of Public Safety Ron Kim and Architect Mark Kukuvka from LaBella Associates presented two proposals to the City Council requesting the council to bond funds for one of the two proposals.

The council voted in February to authorize all bonding for approved Capital Projects in 2008 except for the police station Kim said, however, the council approved $8 million in the 2008 Capital Budget for the new facility.

The first proposal or the \essential option is 27,700 square feet and would cost $9.7 million to build.

"This will at least meet our needs," Kim said of the proposal.

The second proposal, whose main difference is a fourth floor for future expansion, would cost $11.7 million according to Kim.

Both facilities would contain holding cells, a lock up area, police and administration office space and an evidence room, as well as a vehicle intake. The station does not have a vehicle intake, therefore forcing officers to park their squad cars on the street Kukuvka said.

The police training center and other services would remain in the old facility.

"I call it the common sense solution," Police Chief Edward Moore said during a press conference before the presentation to the council.

For more on this story, check back at spotlightnews.com or read the June 5 edition of the Saratoga Spotlight.""

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