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Public Safety Facility Study

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About the study

Lenexa’s Public Safety Complex near 87th Street Parkway and Monrovia Street is home to several vital city departments, including the Police Department, Municipal Court, Information Technology and an employee health clinic. Lenexa has spent the past year working on a study to strategically examine the staffing and space needs of these departments so they can continue to provide exceptional service in the future.

Lenexa’s growing population will result in increased staffing needs to appropriately serve the community, and the current building lacks space in several areas including emergency communications, locker rooms, evidence storage, courts and training facilities. Originally built in 1980, several of the aging building’s major mechanical components are in need of replacement.

The study documents options to address these areas of concern and helps to answer several planning questions including:

  • How much building space and parking is needed for the public safety function in the future?

  • What are best practices for these types of public safety facilities?

  • What is the operational status of the current facility?

  • Could the projected space needs of the departments be met at the current site, or will the City need to consider relocating the Public Safety Complex?

  • How much would any renovations and expansions cost?

The City Council was updated about the study at the Dec. 17, 2019, City Council meeting. To learn more about the study, review and download the presentation below.

Presentation - Part 1 Presentation - Part 2

 


Two sites under consideration

The team conducting the study is using a data-driven process to help determine the best location for the new Public Safety Complex. Two sites, both owned by the City of Lenexa, are under consideration.

The first is the current site of the Public Safety Complex, on 87th Street Parkway near Monrovia. Two or more phases of construction would be necessary if this site is chosen. In phase one, the original City Hall facility would be demolished and a new complex would be constructed on the eastern side of the 10.3-acre property. During phase one, employees would operate out of the current Police Station and Municipal Court. Once the initial phase is finished, employees would move into the new facility and the current site would be demolished in preparation for phase two. The second phase would create space for officer training and house the emergency management function of public safety. Because of the need to phase construction, this option is projected to cost approximately 10% more than the second option.

The second site under consideration is 36 acres of land the City owns near Prairie Star Parkway and Britton. The property was purchased two decades ago in anticipation of housing a future city facility. Construction at this site could happen in a single phase and would have no impact on operations as employees would work out of the existing site until construction was complete.

Public safety facilities are used 24 hours a day throughout the entire year and the City is committed to using sustainable building finishes in construction to help ensure a long life for the new facility.

These videos below show the size of the buildings on each site but don't represent what the final buildings will look like. 

 

Open house on Jan. 15 

Residents learned more about the ongoing Public Safety Facility Study during an open house on Jan. 15. The study is strategically examining future staffing and space needs of the Police Department, Municipal Court, and Information Technology so these departments can continue to provide exceptional service as they grow with our population. 

The Public Safety Facility Study comments form has closed. Check back here for continued updates.

 Click here to view the Facts & FAQs handout from the Lenexa Public Safety Open House. 


Tentative timeline

December 5, 2018

City of Lenexa entered into an agreement with PGAV Architects and public safety architect specialists McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie.

January 2019

The project team (city staff, PGAV Architects, and McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie) begin work on the study.

September 3, 2019

Elected officials are briefed about initial study findings during a City Council meeting.

September to December 2019

Based on feedback and questions from the September 3 meeting, the project team continued gathering information and data.

December 17, 2019

Project team update during City Council meeting. View and/or download presentation PDFs below.

They have been split into two parts due to file size. 

Part 1 Part 2

December 18, 2019

Public invited to provide input on the project.

Public Safety Facility Comment Form

Deadline for feedback: Feb. 14, 2020 


January 15, 2020

Open House held to give residents an opportunity to learn about the study and provide input. The event takes place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Training Room of the Lenexa Police Station, 12500 W. 87th St. Pkwy. Tours of current facility offered.

Spring 2020

Based on public feedback and other data, project team will present the final study to City Council and ask for acceptance of the study.

After the study is accepted by the City Council, the design phase will begin and last six to eight months followed by an 18 to 24-month construction phase.


Frequently asked questions 

Question: Will response times be effected if the Public Safety facility moves to a more central location in Lenexa? 

Response times will not be effected. Patrol officers are assigned districts to patrol. Once a patrol officer receives his or her daily assignment, they drive to their assigned area of Lenexa and patrol that geographic boundary. The location of the Public Safety Complex would not change that. Response times to deploy specialized equipment and personnel to an emergency situation that requires multiple officers could be effected by keeping the current location.

Question: What are some of the benefits of a centralized location? 

The Police Department would continue to provide effective and efficient service with either location. As we grow to the West, the centralized location does offer the ability for more citizens to quickly access the site for walk-in reports, fingerprinting services, detective interviews, and court services. The centralized site would also provide overall improved access to several major highways and thorough fares including I-435, K10, K7, I-35 and Prairie Star Parkway.

Question: Why can’t we remodel and expand the current Public Safety facility?

The Public Safety Master Plan review team studied this issue extensively. The existing City Hall footprint is not configured and large enough to accommodate the projected space and training needs of the Police Department,including Courts and the Information Technology Department.Best practices for police department design stresses the importance of locating certain functions next to each other. If the current building sq. footage could be utilized, Courts would continue to separate Police work areas that should be adjacent.The current building is also aging and needs significant repairs to the roofing system and heating and cooling systems. In addition, the current facility was built and added onto over a period of years. These additions have resulted in several less than optimal situations, such as; floor elevation changes within a floor plate, structural limitations to allow expanding areas or creating necessary adjacencies, the forcing of functions into spaces that are not adequately sized or configured as well as others. These less than optimal situations significantly,hampers the ability of the force to carryout their daily function in an effective and efficient manner.

Question: Why do we need additional space for training in the new facility?

Training for our officers is imperative for the safety of the community and our officers. Currently, we rent shooting range space for our training needs. These indoor and outdoor spaces are inadequate for our training needs. These rented spaces will require significant capital investment in the future, and are subject to weather and other scheduling issues that do not allow us to provide a consistent training program for our officers. Additional training space would allow us to provide adequate training rooms for emergency management activities, defensive tactics and firearm simulations that are critical for citizen and officer safety.

Question: What will happen to the existing site should the facility move to a more central location?


The use of the current site is subject to future City Council discussions and staff direction. Several options for the current Public Safety Complex have been discussed. Options include: selling the existing site to a commercial user who would use the current building or land, sell a piece of the land to a commercial user and reserve some of the land for a proposed Fire station that is needed in the corridor, or keep all of the land for future development opportunities or City uses.

Question: What are the projected costs of the Public Safety project?

Staff is continuing to work with our consultants on developing projected costs. The final projected cost of the facility will depend heavily on the size and programming of the initial building program. Of the two options, the option to stay at the current site is projected to be 10% higher due to the phasing that is required to build on the site. The City has budgeted $60 million dollars in the current Capital Improvement Program for the project, but is subject to change based on City Council direction and market conditions.