The official groundbreaking for the new $13.3 million dollar Southlake Department of Public Safety North Training Facility went off without a hitch this morning. About sixty plus people attended Friday’s groundbreaking, including Mayor John Terrell, members of the City Council and the Crime Prevention District Board, numerous staff members as well as many others.
Everyone was excited to finally see the ground turning that represents the beginning of work on the new facility. “This facility helps the City keep a promise of enhanced safety and security for our residents,” said City Manager Shana Yelverton. “The vision of the City Council and the Crime Control Prevention District Board will be realized in about 14 months when construction is complete.”
The 37,000 square feet facility will have an indoor firing range, police reporting stations and a ladder company with four firefighters, who are trained in Advanced Life Support, on each shift to cover the north end of the City of Southlake. “The new facility will greatly enhance the medical care and response times for Police and Fire Services for the residents in the northern part of the City,” said DPS Director Jim Blagg.
In addition, the DPS North Training facility will also be available for use by other local Police and Fire Departments. This will allow for multi-agency training at the indoor gun range. The plans for the new DPS North Training Facility have been years in the making. The Planning and Zoning Commission approved the DPS North project in January of 2010 and it was then approved by Southlake Councilmembers in June of 2010.
The DPS North Training Facility will take approximately fourteen months to complete.