On Monday, November 24, the City of Spruce Grove and Town of Stony Plain councils voted to partner on the construction of an RCMP facility for co-locating policing services in the region.
The two municipalities have been discussing the possibility of co-locating police services into one building for several years. KPMG was retained earlier in 2014 to prepare a shortlist from seven potential sites as well as outline the potential benefits of a co-located facility, as opposed to separate facilities for each municipality.
In the final report, two sites were recommended and diligently assessed on several factors including geotechnical characteristics, environmental conditions, accessibility to both communities, site preparation and development costs, and market value of the land. Each of the two sites recommended were found to have similar characteristics and conditions with the main difference being the cost to obtain the land. Based on these factors, the lower cost site, a five acre parcel located directly south of Rotary Park in Spruce Grove, was recommended to and subsequently approved by both councils.
The co-location presents opportunities for design and construction cost savings, operational synergies as well as longer term maintenance savings.
“The RCMP in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain currently work as an integrated detachment but are housed in separate facilities,” said Stony Plain Mayor William Choy. “Physically locating them in one facility allows for operational efficiencies that will lead to the better provision of policing services in both communities, and by partnering with Spruce Grove, we can do it in a cost-effective manner. This is just another example how both communities work together to make a positive impact for all of our citizens for many years to come.”
“With rapid growth in our region, both Spruce Grove and Stony Plain have seen the existing facilities that house our RCMP members operating at beyond optimal limits for some time,” said Spruce Grove Mayor Stuart Houston. “It was important that we come together and look at how we can better serve our communities from a policing perspective and after an extensive review, partnering in the construction of an RCMP facility made sense. Working together with Stony Plain on this project provides residents in both communities, as well as in the region, the services they expect.”
While site location has been determined, detailed agreements for the construction and operation of the facility are still to be finalized. It is anticipated that construction of the facility will begin in 2015 with an expected opening of fall 2017. The new building will be just over 5000 m2 and cost approximately $25-30 million. It will be cost shared in a manner that consistently and fairly represents both parties’ initial and long term investment. The concept of the building will see it house municipal RCMP personnel as well as provincial traffic, rural and special units.