After more than three years of delays, it looks like a police station will finally be built in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood.
The City Council voted 5-0 at its Feb. 5 meeting to allocate an additional $457,000 toward the construction of a 3,800-square-foot substation at the corner of Willow Road and Ivy Drive. With the additional funds, city staff says construction can start on the oft-delayed project. The total project cost is an estimated $2.23 million.
Officers will be stationed at the site, giving them a place east of U.S. 101 to write and file reports and take breaks. Residents will be able to obtain police reports and parking permits at the substation, as well as pay their tickets and water bills.
The project has been in the works since 2001, and was approved by the City Council in November 2004, but several years of design changes, cost overruns and other problems have kept the substation from being built.
"This project's been a long time coming," said Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson, noting she first saw the project in 2002 while sitting on the Planning Commission.
Belle Haven resident Matt Henry applauded the city for moving forward on the project, and said everyday police presence will be an asset for the local community.
The city is partnering with private developer Willow Corners LLC to build the project, which also includes 5,400 square feet of retail space to be built around the substation.
The station could be up and running by October, according to Gary Moiseff, who represented Willow Corners at the Feb. 6 meeting.