Durango, CO: The city of Durango would like to clarify there is no agreement in place regarding the Durango Fire Protection District’s proposed renovation of the Durango School District 9R administration building, and there is no plan for the police department to spend $9.9 million to assist in the renovation of the building.
The fire district recently purchased the building from the school district and intends to convert it into a new fire station. The police department and the fire district have informally discussed sharing space at the new fire station as one of many options to meet the facility needs of the police department. “City staff was directed to explore this possibility,” said City Manager Jose Madrigal. “At this time, we have not formally received an estimated project cost, based on guaranteed maximum price, to review."
At a forum held by the fire district on Thursday, March 10, Fire Chief Hal Doughty estimated $25.75 million is needed to convert the former 9R building into the new fire station. “Durango Police department’s portion of this, as currently designed and as we’re moving forward, looks like $9.9 million,” Doughty said Thursday. “This is a work in progress,” Doughty said at the meeting.
Durango Police Chief Bob Brammer said estimated renovation costs were discussed separately at a recent meeting with the architect for the project, but there is currently no commitment to participating in the project.
For more information about the fire district’s plans for the 9R administration building, visit the fire district’s website at https://durangofire.org.