The City of Keller is hosting an open house to give residents a sneak peek of the $8.6 million renovation and expansion of the Regional Jail and Regional Animal Adoption Center on Saturday, February 22, from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. at the Keller Police Department Headquarters, located at 330 Rufe Snow Drive.
This 21,000 square foot facility will enhance the animal shelter and jail capacities and services that partner cities Southlake, Keller, Colleyville, and Westlake utilize. This expansion follows the merger of Colleyville, Keller, Southlake and Westlake’s Animal Services operations on Oct. 1, 2012. The cities of Southlake and Keller partnered on jailing efforts in 2007 after approving Tarrant County’s first merger of emergency dispatch services.
The adoption center will be managed by the employees of the Humane Society of North Texas and will not euthanize adoptable animals or for extra space. The expansion offers about four times the current capacity for dogs and doubles the capacity for cats. It includes a 1,700-square-foot dog courtyard, a medical area for minor surgical procedures, a larger adoption and socialization area, and room to expand the center’s volunteer program.
This open house will be the only opportunity for the public to tour the inside of the new jail facility, as it will not be open to the public after operations begin. Renovations to the regional holding facility more than tripled the number of cells, offers additional security for employees and short-term detainees, upgraded technology and even provides a kiosk at which family members and friends will be able to pay detainees’ bonds.
For more information about this facility, please contact the Keller Police Department at 817-743-4500.
Officials with Keller, Colleyville, Southlake and Westlake broke ground on the cities’ new Regional Jail and Animal Services facility the morning of Friday, March 1. The 21,000 square feet of expansions and renovations to the existing Keller Police Facility at 330 Rufe Snow Drive is budgeted at a cost of $8.6 million.
Construction plans reveal a complete transformation of the facility’s municipal court, holding facility and existing Animal Services area to provide additional room, security, technology and modernity.
Renovations to the regional holding facility will more than triple the number of cells, offer additional security for employees and short-term detainees, upgrade technology and even provide a kiosk at which family members and friends will be able to pay detainees’ bonds. The improved adoption center will offer about four times the current capacity for dogs and double the capacity for cats. The expansion will also include a 1,700-square-foot dog courtyard, a medical area for minor surgical procedures, a larger adoption and socialization area, and room to expand the center’s volunteer program.
Expansion of the adoption center follows the four cities’ merger of their Animal Services operations on Oct. 1, 2012. The cities of Southlake and Keller partnered on jailing efforts in 2007 after approving Tarrant County’s first merger of emergency dispatch services. Colleyville joined that partnership in 2010. The cities’ regional dispatch center, housed in Keller and known as the Northeast Tarrant Communications Center (or NETCOM), serves an area of more than 60 square miles and a population of more than 90,000. Keller police have been providing services to the Town of Westlake since 2002.
*Pictured above from left to right: Tom Soulsby, a founding member of the Keller Crime Control and Prevention District; Project Manager Chris Malone of Ratliff Construction; Hal Sargent of Brinkley Sargent Architects of Dallas; Mark Jones, chairman of the Keller Crime Control and Prevention District; Colleyville Mayor David Kelly; Keller Mayor Pat McGrail; Keller Councilmen Bill Dodge and John Hoffmann; Southlake Assistant City Manager Ben Thatcher; Keller Councilman Gary Reaves; and Keller Public Safety Director and Police Chief Mark Hafner.