$10M renovation of Southwest Division makes DPD priority list

DALLAS, TX 07/12/2016 Supports and mourners set up memorials at the Dallas Police substation at 4230 W. Illinois Ave. in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, TX following an ambush on July 7, 2016 which left five public servants dead. Credit: Danny Fulgencio
Photo by Danny Fulgencio

The Dallas Police Department says it needs more than $300 million for improvements and upgrades across the department.

But the department on Monday offered Dallas City Council members a list of “top priority needs” totaling just $40 million, to be paid from potential 2017 bond funds.

That includes a $10-million upgrade of the Southwest Division headquarters in Oak Cliff. The project would include renovation, expansion and added parking. That plan is in lieu of a $21 million project to find another location and build a new substation.

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The department also asked for $20 million in security upgrades at its headquarters on Lamar. Those improvements would include fences, gates that can’t be destroyed by a speeding car crashing into them, lighting, digital cameras, card-access control and an intercom system.Also requested: Construction of a $10 million reality-based training village and a $10-million renovation of the Central Division headquarters in Deep Ellum.

The projects could be funded if voters approve a referendum next May in which the city could acquire $600-$800 million in general obligation bonds.

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