New GJ police building not open yet

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) Work on the new building is right on schedule, and with the outside looking mostly finished, and all of the construction fencing making it a bit confusing, Grand Junction Police Department officials have spotted several members of the public trying to access police services at the new building. However, it will be several weeks before the department will be able to operate out of that building.

On Friday, July 13, the City of Grand Junction received a temporary certificate of occupancy, which allows the department to start moving furniture and other necessities into the new building. This is just the beginning of a complicated moving process that will take approximately six weeks to complete. The department's goal is to be able to start offering service to the public out of the new building in late August.

"We've been doing extensive planning to hopefully make this as seamless as possible, so if that goes as planned the public really shouldn't notice any difference, we'll still be patrolling the streets; we'll still be answering 911 calls, and doing all those things that we normally do," say Kate Porras, public information officer with the Grand Junction Police Department.

For now, anyone needing to conduct business at the police department needs to use the old building. The only way to access the public parking lot is from westbound Ute Ave. There is a small, dirt driveway marked with a “Police Parking” sign that is only accessible from Ute. Ave. Accessing the old building by coming south on 6th St. is not an option at this time because of the construction.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2012 at 09:33 AM
    It doesn't matter what us fools want or post here. The city is gonna tax you and build more taj majal buildings for itself over and over and over again. They've done it for years and will keep doing it. They don't care about any of us taxpayers. We are just an excuse for their lazy lifestyle. I am ashamed of the city government.
  • by justice2 Location: gj on Jul 17, 2012 at 06:34 AM
    Remember, we didn't vote for this building, we voted against it. Coons, the baseball banker and friends decided to ignore our vote and use "certificates of participation" to fund this building and the stadium. When this city is facing bankruptcy because of these corrupt politicians, don't forget who is responsible. The police station, the stadium, the library and the city funding of homeless shelters and homeless kitchens are debt we cannot afford.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2012 at 09:01 AM in reply to justice2
      Yep, additionally: all you city, county, and state workers need to pay attention. In Stockton and San Bernadine CA, Scranton PA, Jefferson County AL, etc.... they made poor spending decesions like this. They have fired 80% of government workers and slashed pensions and medical care. With the depression ramping up, the last thing we need is 80% less law enforcement. Why do these leaders not care about our future?
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      by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2012 at 09:29 AM in reply to justice2
      Thank you so much for not naming Camper specifically. You are on your way to healing from your man crush. I know it's hard, but you are doing a great job.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2012 at 09:32 AM in reply to justice2
      'certificates of participation' are nothing more than a fancy way of saying fraud. Complicated fraudulant debt instruments like these are how the bankers ended up owning Greece. They sold us out for a good time now.
  • by Spicoli on Jul 16, 2012 at 08:45 PM
    Next they will outsource the dispatch center to India, sell the building to pay for the Avalon, lease it back at an inflated rate, and fill it high dollar positions that suggest we need another tax increase to justify there jobs!
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      by Peter on Jul 17, 2012 at 05:05 AM in reply to Spicoli
      Is this GJ's idea of economic development? Tax the private sector, hire and build in the public sector...repeat.
  • by Spicoli on Jul 16, 2012 at 08:33 PM
    Its time to Party on someone elses dime! I'll bet they throw one hell of a party for the grand opening!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2012 at 09:27 AM in reply to Spicoli
      You know they will. Then they will go on a hiring spree to fill up all the extra space. Mark my words. That's how the city rolls.
  • by Irony on Jul 16, 2012 at 07:19 PM
    Word on the street was contractors were using illegals. So they got away with paying no taxes. Seriously, just who is left paying the taxes to fund these reckless spending binges?
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      by Spicoli on Jul 16, 2012 at 08:40 PM in reply to Irony
      Be a humanitarian! They need jobs too. They spend money here too. They are just here doing the jobs us americans won't! They have kids just like us, going to school with our kids. They eat lunch with our kids- the only difference is our kids pay for there lunch!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2012 at 09:26 AM in reply to Irony
      If they are using illegals, that means the job will get done on time, and it won't cost us an arm and a leg. I'm all for it. Lazy Americans and unions are destroying our country.
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      by D on Jul 17, 2012 at 07:04 PM in reply to Irony
      Word on the street...
  • by taxpayer too on Jul 16, 2012 at 06:47 PM
    not to mention they hired a construction company that takes our money and never gives any of it back. I never see Shaw's name sponsoring local events. Shame on you Grand Junction
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      by Martin on Jul 16, 2012 at 07:00 PM in reply to taxpayer too
      How much you want to bet Shaw gets that contract too.
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        by Huh? on Jul 16, 2012 at 07:05 PM in reply to Martin
        Better than FCI...
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          by Me on Jul 16, 2012 at 09:19 PM in reply to Huh?
          Why better than FCI? They sponsor local sports, local charities and are active in the community.
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          by Guest on Jul 17, 2012 at 08:03 PM in reply to Huh?
          FCI is a joke.... They hire that idiot Greg Martin for all their jobs.
  • by Taxpayer on Jul 16, 2012 at 06:41 PM
    How much more can the Taxpayers be ignored and screwed? Wait...oh yeah...the Avalon.
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      by Spicoli on Jul 16, 2012 at 08:41 PM in reply to Taxpayer
      If you didn't like it you shouldn't have voted for it! Its creating jobs here in America! The city is just doing there part for the economy!
  • by Peter on Jul 16, 2012 at 06:25 PM
    Another monument to the total disregard of the taxpayers will.
  • by Confused on Jul 16, 2012 at 06:10 PM
    I thought we voted this down. Where did the money come from? Is this now a part of the DDA budget?
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      by Joe on Jul 16, 2012 at 08:14 PM in reply to Confused
      Everyone remember the temporary .5% tax hike from back in 2004. Well they never did away with it and have been collecting sales tax revenue after the money was collected and spent on what it was needed for. See a temporary tax hike is never temporary. It is simply got forgotten about and nobody ever complains why it is still being collected.
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        by Spicoli on Jul 16, 2012 at 08:37 PM in reply to Joe
        What do you mean, there broke! Just look at North Avenue, they don't have any money. What about all those citizen surveys that said we need more parks? At least we have the Avalon, Downtown, the new police center, the parkway for people to come and see. Maybe with this new crime center they will do a special one day cleanup of clifton!
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