Muskego builds up its options on city facilities
Among its reviews, report suggests police station could be revamped instead of replaced
Muskego — A facilities report that explores expanding the current Muskego Police Station, razing the Jensen Park building and combining some maintenance operations has hit the desks of city department heads.
With city officials already feeling that something needs to be done to update the Police Department, they commissioned Zimmerman Architectural Studios to do a comprehensive review of all city buildings.
After getting reactions from department heads, the Muskego Common Council will debate all of the recommendations, said Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti, including what should ultimately be done to improve law enforcement facilities.
"The Police Department is already in the long-range plans," Chiaverotti said. "It's slated for a new building. Now they have options in front of them."
Until now, officials had expected to have to build a new Police Station for an estimated $12.9 million. But the study says that the hoped-for improvements to fleet space, lockup and communication facilities and lobby improvements could be accomplished instead with three building additions totaling $10.5 million.
Building additions might be preferable because the improvements could be phased in, the report suggests.
The current police building was remodeled in 2000 and its environmental system is relatively new, said John Sabinash, Zimmerman architect, although acknowledging that some parts of the building are showing their age.
Faltering park buildings
Sabinash also looked at two vintage buildings — in Horn Park and Jensen Park. He didn't recommend putting money into either building.
It would be all right to keep the Horn Park building for now, but eventually the tired building will likely be demolished, Sabinash suggested.
He was even less optimistic about the Jensen Park building due to its water problems. The report recommends divesting it.
Losing either building would create a certain amount of difficulty, because both provide restrooms for baseball programs in their respective parks. In addition, preschool camps are held in the Horn building, and a dance class is held in the Jensen Park building, which also is rented out.
The parks maintenance facility also may face significant changes. Partly because it is too small to store some parks equipment and its environmental system is aging, Sabinash recommended consolidating it with the Department of Public Works.
That could take one of two forms.
The combined facility could be at the current DPW site or at a new combined site, he said. A new combined facility could cost $11.5 million, the report estimates. Remodeling the DPW site to be a home for the parks would probably cost $8.8 million.
The current DPW facilities are adequate, Sabinash concludes, but it might not have enough space to serve the community in the more distant future. So the city should carefully evaluate putting money into it, he said. It has some obsolete systems, but it is structurally sound, the report notes.
If the city doesn't opt for consolidating the parks maintenance facility, it could look at different ways to keep it separate.
An addition could be built at the current location for nearly $900,000, the report estimates. Or parks maintenance could move into the current police station, if the city builds a new station, the report says. Remodeling the station to fit the parks' needs could cost $2.3 million, the report estimates.
The facilities review also found that the Old Town Hall is serving its purpose and the library in good shape.
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