Opelika Prepares for New Police Station and Municipal Court
Opelika is getting ready to build their new police station and municipal court.
The new buildings will be 37,000 sq. ft. and cost $18 million.
“We are growing out, we are busting at the seams, so this expansion is really needed,” said Opelika Police Chief John McEachern.
The last renovation was in 1977. So, along with more space, they’ll have an updated evidence room, patrol room, lockers, their own gym and upgraded kennels for their K9s.
“We continue to recruit and grow on a daily basis, the number of calls have increased dramatically, we have a need for expansion and continued personnel growth,” said Chief McEachern.
Municipal court will have their own building. In their new space, they’ll add more rows of seating and have additional attorney client type rooms and Judges’ chambers.
“We want something that is efficient, they’ll utilize all the space and stand the test of time. We hope these buildings last 50-60 years or even longer,” said Mayor of Opelika Gary Fuller.
The new buildings will be constructed in the parking lot of their current space.
So, during construction, municipal court will move to Brown School, on Glenn St., but police will still operate in their current building.
They plan to break ground in August and hope it’s up and operational by the end of 2019.