ANAHEIM : City OKs Design Work for Police Substation

In spite of a funding shortfall, the City Council moved ahead this week with plans to build a $6.3-million police substation in Anaheim Hills.

The council voted 3-0 Tuesday to authorize architectural designs for the facility on a city-owned parcel at Dream Street and Monte Vista Road. Design plans for the 33,000-square-foot facility are expected to be completed within eight months, city officials said.

The substation would include police locker rooms, underground parking and a temporary detention facility. Construction is expected to take about 13 months once a contractor is selected.

Residents near the substation recently voted to appropriate $2.8 million in funds from an assessment district toward the project. But the city is still about $2 million short of the estimated cost of the facility, officials said Tuesday.

City officials assured concerned Anaheim Hills residents that the substation is a "high priority," and that the facility will be built, either by finding more money or reducing its cost.

The Dream Street site, which is next to Fire Station No. 10, was selected from among 16 potential sites last year.

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