Sherman eyes Northgate property for new $14M police station
City officials may be one step closer to finalizing a new location for the Sherman Police Department.
Last week, city officials proposed a site at the corner of Northgate Drive and West Travis — near the new Sherman Fire-Rescue Station 4 — as a possible location for the new $14 million police station.
“If you look at the current facility, it has lasted us 60 years — the one we are in right now,” Sherman Police Chief Zachary Flores said Tuesday. “So, all sorts of variables, growth rate and others, but we anticipate that we could be in this new building for decades.”
The city started exploring its options at building a new police station in 2019. At the time, officials proposed options to build a new station or renovate the existing building to meet the departments immediate needs. Beyond capacity, city officials said the current facility had challenges with parking and other considerations related to its location in downtown.
At the time, city officials said the station would likely be placed somewhere along the FM 1417 corridor, as the area has seen major growth in recent years. However, city leaders gave no indication if a site was already being considered.
“(FM) 1417 is growing and we need to be around that area. We spend a lot of time in that area, so there will be a big benefit from being in proximity.”
Flores said the Northgate property meets this need while also providing access to major connectors throughout the city.
“We wanted something that had arteries north, south, east and west, something near (U.S.) Highway 75 and something not too close to the high school,” he said. “The city has some land very close to the high school, but we wanted something that if something happened when school was in session or letting out, we would have a way around it.”
The new facility would feature enough room for about 30 to 40 new employees, but Flores said this would not immediately be needed.
“Not that we we need them now, but it will give us the ability to add those employees before we need to add to the facility,” he said.
The property, which is owned by the Sherman Economic Development Corp., features 10 acres of land on the only free hard corner at the intersection. Previously, Flores said the department would need between eight and 10 acres in order to have enough space for future growth and expansion.
Flores added that the site would have enough space that a second city facility could potentially be built there, but said there but gave no definitive plans.
If the new facility is built, Flores said the current station would be converted into office space for other city departments, including Sherman-Fire Rescue.
Flores said the land will likely be purchased at the start of the new fiscal year. Architects would then start the eight to nine-month process of designing the new facility before returning to the city council to seek permission and funding for the project.
Michael Hutchins is the local government reporter for the Herald Democrat. He can be reached at email@example.com.