BY NICK DIAMANTIDES
Plans to build a new Signal Hill Police Department headquarters jumped forward Tuesday night when the Signal Hill City Council approved a contract with WMM Associates– the architectural firm that will design the new facility. The Los Angeles-based company will receive $1,017,500 for its services
“The complexity of designing a new police station requires specialized knowledge and experience,” said Deputy City manager Charlie Honeycutt in his report to the council. “The police station is classified as an essential services building and will contain jail facilities, sophisticated communication systems, and an emergency operations center.”
Honeycutt stressed that the building must be designed within strict state guidelines. “WMM has extensive experience in all aspects of police station design and working with the California Board of Standards,” he noted, explaining that Board approval of the design is required. WMM recently completed the preliminary design under a previous contract and will now begin work on the final design.
The facility will be constructed on a four-acre site at 2750 Walnut Avenue. The acquisition of the land and the design and construction of the facility are expected to cost about $15 million, which will come from Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency tax allocation bonds.
During the meeting, Honeycutt also presented a report detailing why the city discontinued processing passport applications last year. Honeycutt explained that the process was disrupting other City Hall business. He added that once the post office at 2300 Redondo Avenue began processing passport applications there was no longer a need to have such a facility in Signal Hill.
The next city council meeting is set for 7 p.m., Sept. 9 in the council chambers of Signal Hill City Hall.