The result of years of work and planning will be realized Monday (Sept. 10) when Suwanee Police and city officials take the wrapper off the new police substation in the Gateway area.
The police substation and training facility is located at Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and I-85. The 7,100 square foot structure is located on a 1.1-acre lot that formerly held a blighted building that once was a gas station.
The new facility does two things: It gives Suwanee Police a presence in the Gateway area. Also, it is a symbol of the city's desire to redevelop that entire area, which is a high priority with citizens.
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"Citizens getting off I-85 and those traveling through the Gateway area will see that Suwanee has a police department and that our community is concerned about public safety and how it impacts our residents," Suwanee Police Chief Mike Jones said in a city news release.
Suwanee has worked to enhance the facility's visibility, building it close to the road and clearing land around the northbound interstate exit ramp, the news release said. "This should have a positive impact on crime rates," Jones added.
Officials broke ground on the facility in January 2012, and The total project cost was about $1.99 million, and mostly funded by SPLOST monies. Tunnell, Spangler and Walsh of Norcross was the architect on the project.
and dispatch will remain on Buford Highway across from Town Center.
The new substation also will house a firing range that officers can use, and which can also be leased out to other agencies.
According to the news release, the substation will not be staffed 24-7. However, the facility will provide direct access to the police department's dispatcher, a safe zone for those in need, and work stations that can be used by officers on patrol to complete reports or meet with citizens.
The public can attend the grand opening ceremony, which is planned from 4-7 p.m. The street address is 2966 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.