Aug. 12, 2010
Caption royalblue: (l-r) Police Chaplain Rabbi Kravitz; community representatives Bob Mayo and his son, Anthony; District 2 Councilwoman Peggy Neely; community leader Shirley Arthur; District 1 Councilwoman Thelda Williams; Mayor Phil Gordon; and Public Safety Manager Jack Harris.
The Black Mountain Police Precinct, 33355 N. Cave Creek Road, opened today, providing northeast Phoenix residents with up to 150 patrol officers and staff to address public safety in this fast-growing area.
The more than 30,000-square-foot facility includes a community gathering room, three-lane indoor shooting range, and adult and juvenile holding cells. Officers will patrol an area from Union Hills Drive to New River Road and from 91st Avenue to Scottsdale Road. The $12 million station was funded through the citizen-approved 2006 bond election, development impact fees and excise tax revenue bonds.
“Keeping our neighborhoods safe continues to be my top priority. We are fortunate to have hardworking, dedicated public safety personnel that risk their lives each day to protect our city,” said Mayor Phil Gordon. “The opening of the Black Mountain Police Precinct will provide our officers with additional resources that will help in our fight to reduce crime and ensure the safety of our Phoenix families.”
Many officers assigned to the precinct also live in the area, which will add a personal touch to their policing efforts.
“Through careful planning, we have cut officer response times, improved morale, saved fuel, reduced down time between calls and planned for the future, and it all happened despite an economy that isn’t pulling its weight,” said District 2 City Councilwoman Peggy Neely. “This new station is a small but mighty achievement in the drive to meet our constituents’ needs despite these tough economic times.”
Caption royalblue: Snapshot of the terrazzo floor created by Tucson artist Daniel Martin Diaz.
Tucson artist Daniel Martin Diaz, who attended the event, was commissioned to design a terrazzo floor for the public entrance and community room, as part of the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs one percent for the arts funding. His inspiration for the floor design came from the beauty of the Sonoran desert, basing the floor medallions on the stark-like geometry of barrel cacti. Local skilled workers, including 16 terrazzo specialists and seven metal workers, installed the floor.
Public tours of the station will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14.