Tyler city council heard a presentation this morning on the design for the proposed South Tyler Police Substation. The substation is planned for the entrance to Faulkner Park by Cumberland Road.
Brian Phillips, with Fitzpatrick Architects, said the project will use red brick, and cited various parts of the project, including briefing rooms and the entry area. The substation will be 17,500 square feet.
Tyler police Chief Gary Swindle said the project helps by reallocating personnel to the south Tyler location rather than officers driving from the downtown Tyler location to get to the area they work in.
He said the new location also provides more convenience for community members who need to report things to the Tyler Police Department.
“We believe that long term it will affect crime, and faster response means it’s a chance to catch the criminals faster and quicker,” Swindle said.
The substation is expected to be complete in 2016.
It will be paid for by the half-cent sales tax. Total design and construction cost for building is estimated at $3.1 million (includes interior equipment).