Roanoke City Council on Oct. 24 took steps to clear the way for construction of a police and city building, and road improvements.

The background

Council decided to issue and sell combined tax and revenue certificates, along with annual property tax, to fund both projects.

The details

This bond sale is for $30 million to start the construction of the new police and municipal courts building, a council agenda memo states. City officials plan on issuing another approximately $20 million in bonds next fiscal year for the completion of the facility. The project consists of a 43,006-square-foot new building and a 16,892-square-foot indoor gun range, the memo states.

Roanoke Police Chief Jeriahme Miller told Community Impact in a previous story that the building would take 18 months to construct. Officials hope to break ground this winter. Land was purchased at Fairway Drive and Park Drive for the building.

"The project is currently out to bid," said Diane Rice, communications and public engagement officer for the city, adding that city officials expect the bidding process to take between 7-8 weeks.

In other news

At the same meeting, council approved an ordinance to fund four road projects. In November 2022, Denton County proposed and passed a bond election for transportation and road improvements, the agenda memo states, and Roanoke officials submitted four street reconstruction projects, with total costs of about $12.7 million, to which the county would contribute 50% funding.

These requests include Dorman Road, Howe Road, North Walnut Street and North Oak Street, all of which were passed in the bond. This bond sale of $2.7 million is for the city's half of the engineering for all four streets and half 50% of the Dorman Road reconstruction. During the next council meeting, the council will consider approval of funds to begin plans for the street projects, Rice said. The Dorman Street project will cover Dorman from Byron Nelson/Business 114 through Lois Street.

Zooming in

The start date for the road construction is to be determined, Rice said. She said the roads project is headed to the design phase.