Meridian City Council unanimously voted to approve a new fire and police station.
The City of Meridian will annex and rezone four acres of land to make room for the fire station and police substation at 2385 E. Lake Hazel Rd. in south Meridian.
“It seems like it’s in the best interest of the city to annex this,” councilwoman Liz Strader said. “And we certainly will need a future fire station and police station, no matter when we ultimately do them.”
The 11,650 square foot fire station will include living quarters, restrooms, office and meeting space, a kitchen, a fitness room, and apparatus areas. The 11,060 square foot police substation will consist of interview rooms, a break area, office and meeting space, a contained sally port, and fitness/locker rooms.
The two buildings will share a trash and generator enclosure. There will be on-site parking with secured and unsecured employee parking. Police secured parking will be near a gate system and fencing.
“The building’s exterior and landscaping will be designed to meet current city design standards as much as possible while maintaining necessary elements of a fire and police station that have specific requirements,” Stacey Redman of the City of Meridian wrote in the project letter.
Construction for the fire station will likely start in 2022, but the city is unsure of an official start time for the police substation, as there is both a north and south precinct under consideration.