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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.

The study was accepted by the Lenexa City Council at their August 4, 2020 meeting with the direction to move the current complex to a more central location at Prairie Star Parkway and Britton. Funding for the project will be considered as part of the upcoming Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget process.

The study was undertaken as Lenexa’s growing population will result in increased staffing needs to appropriately serve the community. 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 final study provided recommendations and answered several planning questions including:

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

  • What best practices should be included in a future public safety facility?

  • 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 presented final study results at their August 4, 2020 meeting. To learn more about the study and future plans, review and download the presentation below.

CITY COUNCIL presentation PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY MASTER PLAN 

 


Study considered two sites

The team conducting the study used 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, were considered.

City Council chose to support the study's recommendation that the complex be constructed on 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 can happen in a single phase and will not impact operations as employees would work out of the existing site until construction was complete.

The other site considered was the current site of the Public Safety Complex, on 87th Street Parkway near Monrovia. Two or more phases of construction would have been necessary if this site had been chosen. Because of the need to phase construction, this option was projected to cost approximately 10% more than the site that was selected.

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.

This video below, labeled Option 2, shows the size of the buildings on the new site but does not represent what the final complex will look like.

 


Frequently asked questions 

Question: Will response times be effected when 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.

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

The Police Department will continue to provide effective and efficient service at the new location. As we grow to the West, the centralized location offers the ability for more citizens to quickly access the site for walk-in reports, fingerprinting services, detective interviews, and court services. The centralized site will 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 police 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, de-escalation training, and firearm simulations that are critical for citizen and officer safety.

Question: What will happen to the existing site when the new facility is complete? 


It will take several years to design and build the new complex at Prairie Star Parkway and Britton. While that is happening, the current site will be utilized. The use of the current site is subject to future City Council discussions and staff direction. Several options for the current site 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 on developing projected costs. The final projected cost of the facility will depend heavily on the size and programming of the initial building program. The City is currently projecting a $70 million dollar cost for the project, but is subject to change based on City Council direction and market conditions. Funding for the project will be considered as part of the upcoming Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget process.