Earlier this month, Castle Rock Fire Chief, Art Morales and Police Chief, Jack Cauley went before council to request their approval to appropriate funds for the purchase of a building located at 1259 Park Street. The proposed new campus â€” costing approximately $3 Million â€” will allow the Town to acquire a new multi-use, public safety, and training facility.
â€œPolice and fire are coming before you arm in arm because we work together every day,â€ Chief Morales continued, â€œOur team depends on law enforcement and law enforcement depends on us.â€ With departments working in tandem, the new state of the art building will be used by both entities.
The .61 acre property, built in 2016, has been previously used by a local construction company for office and storage. Because of the design â€” and location near the rental property currently used by Castle Rock Fire and Rescue â€” it appears to meet several departmental needs.
â€œThe first floor does have bays that would be adequate for fixing fire apparatus,â€ he said. The pseudo, second floor or mezzanine level would be an area where fire equipment could be stored along with other items that would need to be secured.Â
The buildingâ€™s layout likewise comes with oversized garage doors that open for large vehicles to come and go and a copy and break room that could be used by the department and Town for group training purposes.
However, Chief Morales alluded to a few renovations that would need to be made to the property before move-in. â€œWeâ€™re getting it up to public safety monicker,â€ he said. â€œThe remodeling costs are going to be basically in expanding/removing offices on the third floor, installing a sprinkler system â€” the was not required â€” and installing the elevator,â€ said Chief Morales.
The final price tag also requested the construction of a smaller building on the campus that would serve as an additional classroom for firefighters. â€œIt would be a place used after more contaminated training, where we come out of the burn towerâ€¦not get out of their bunker gear yetâ€¦debrief them, learn their lessons and do it again,â€ stated Chief Morales.
After several questions from council concerning the sale and purchase of the property, the item was approved 4-3 to move forward, with council being divided because some felt there was a lack of price negotiation.