Shoreacres Police Station Construction Makes Progress
The City of Shoreacres is about to get its first police station. Soon the police department will not have to share space with other city offices. Years ago the police worked from the small building beneath the city's old tin man water tower. When Hurricane Alicia flooded that building city hall was moved to the present two-story building on the corner of Byway. The police department moved with them and shared the 'new' building with the City Secretary, utility clerk, municipal court and building department. Most of the police operation had been located on the first floor when Hurricane Ike flooded the police offices again. For the last three years the police department has worked out of a large trailer parked at the Houston Yacht Club.
Soon the police department will have a building of their own. Not only will the police department have more space and a better working facility, but city hall will have the space needed to support the increased demands of Hurricane Ike recovery.
The new police station will be a modest single-story, yet elevated, building with 1,400 square feet. Inside there will be a lobby, small conference room, patrol room, break room, restroom with lockers and a shower, four storage rooms and private offices for the chief of police and sergeant. There will be no jail, prisoner holding facilities or dispatch. The city contracts with other agencies for those services.
The new building will be elevated to 14 feet above sea level, exceeding the city's own floodplain requirements by two feet. Police parking will be at the rear and also discretely elevated to 14 feet above sea level. Public parking will be at street level and located on Bayway.
With no parking in front, the building will present the same front lawn appearance as the neighboring houses. White wooden steps facing Shore Acres Blvd. will lead up to a wraparound covered porch and a light blue building that mimics the appearance of city hall across the street. So will the metal roof, multi-light windows and white shutters. The station will be constructed using state of the art energy efficient materials and equipment.
Scheduled for move-in in April the Shoreacres police will soon have plenty of space to write reports, store records, and meet with citizens.
Hundreds of photographs document the construction of the Shoreacres Police Station and can be viewed by clicking HERE.
Visit the city's website anytime for the status of all of their ongoing projects.