The City of Denver expects to hire a contractor soon to build out a new station for Denver Police Department’s District 6, with the goal of vacating the current station in Uptown in early 2025.
Since 1995, the district station has been located at 1566 N. Washington St. But the building, once used as a medical office building, has a lot of drawbacks from the department’s perspective.
In an email, a police spokesperson who wouldn’t give their name cited a “lack of square footage for current operational needs and no growth availability, lack of parking and programming needs, growing operations and safety concerns, outdated building systems and accessibility.” The station is currently at 145 percent of its capacity, according to DPD.
The department plans to relocate the station to an existing building in the 1300 block of North Cherokee Street, which sits between the police administration building and the department’s crime lab. The project is one of numerous projects that will be at least partially funded by a voter-approved bond package.
The spokesperson said the move is an “opportunity to revitalize a long underutilized city building,” but didn’t specify the extent to which the Cherokee Street structure is currently used. It was once the department’s pre-arraignment detention facility.
The building will be gutted and renovated, according to plans drawn up by Roth Sheppard Architects and submitted for city review last week. The project has $25 million in funding from the bond package, but the department indicated the total cost is expected to be greater.
The city might sell the 1566 N. Washington St. property once the district operations move to Cherokee Street, but a final decision on that hasn’t been made, the spokesperson said.
DPD divides the city into six districts, each of which have their own station. District 6 generally covers downtown and the Golden Triangle west to Cheesman Park and City Park West.