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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