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Future PD station eyed

Talks are in “pre-planning stages”
By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Lincoln’s finest could be housed next to the Lincoln Crossing Clubhouse as soon as 10 years from now. The city of Lincoln’s public safety committee met last Thursday to discuss the location of a future and permanent police station for the Lincoln Police Department. “What we are doing is planning for ultimate build-out. We are looking 50 years out,” City Manager Jim Estep said. “We need to find land, preferably what we already own, to place our first permanent police station.” Since the city is in the “pre-planning stages” for the future police station, Estep said he wasn’t able to provide a number for how many police staff would occupy the building. The targeted site is already owned by the city and zoned to be a park, according to Estep. It is located next to the Lincoln Crossing Clubhouse, at the corner of Groveland Lane and Ferrari Ranch Road, and is 17 acres, according to Estep. The police station could take up four to five acres of that land, according to assistant director of development services George Dellwo. If the police station were built on four acres, it would be three stories tall, according to Dellwo, and if it were built on five acres, it would be a two-story building. Next to the park site is a portion of land owned by SunCal Companies, which is currently zoned for a middle school. In June 2010, the Western Placer Unified School District’s facilities master plan stated that Lincoln Crossing Middle School would not be built after the district evaluated the enrollment and capacity at the two existing middle schools, and additional classrooms would be added to Twelve Bridges Middle and Glen Edwards Middle schools. SunCal would like to re-zone that land as residential, according to Estep. Estep said SunCal, the “master developer” of Lincoln Crossing, also has plans to “change the configuration” of their parcel of land, which will be “the same acreage but more usable.” “Any acreage we use for this (police station) will take away from park acres,” Estep said. “It’s a trade-off between park acreage and public safety.” Estep said he would meet with SunCal “in a couple of weeks” to discuss the possible reconfiguration “but wanted to see” if Stan Nader and Paul Joiner, the two City Councilmen on the committee, were interested in reserving that spot for a future police station. Joiner said residents “are unhappy” that there is no school going in and no park built. “If (they) get a park sooner than later because of this, it would calm them,” Joiner said. Joiner said the site “looks like the best location I’m aware of.” “I’m in support of exploring it further,” Joiner said. Nader said Monday that he would like to see the police station built downtown “but unfortunately there isn’t a space big enough for the future growth.” “Right now, the center of the city is moving,” Nader said. “It’s important to keep as much city business downtown as possible, because of trying to keep people using downtown businesses.” Individuals coming downtown for meetings with the city might patronize downtown businesses, according to Nader. “When looking around town, it’s probably the best option for a location. It’s big enough that it could accommodate a 25-year building and we could add on to it,” Lincoln police Chief Paul Shelgren said. “It’s a great opportunity to plan for the future and carry us out to build-out.” Estep said it would be “at least 10 years” before the police station is built, and would be “funded out of development fees.” “This is a long-term solution and we have to look at different options,” Shelgren said. “This is the best long-term solution.”