NAPLES, Fla.- The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is building a new substation near Immokalee Road and 39th Avenue Northeast in Golden Gate Estates.
The 5,000 square foot substation was supposed to be built in 2005 but when the economy took a nosedive, the plan was put on hold. The new building will replace a temporary trailer and portable classroom nearly 30 deputies are currently using at the location.
“When you’re trying to have meetings or trying to have some training done, it’s very difficult in the tight quarters,” said Lt. Sean Arthur.
Collier County commissioners voted to fund the $2.5 million project this week.
Arthur says it will be the largest substation in the county, complete with office space, interview rooms, an evidence area, and even a helipad for a helicopter.
“It’s finally gonna give them a sense of a permanent home for these guys to work out of,” Arthur said. “A permanent station where they can come and go.”
Residents in the area will be able to file reports and speak with deputies without having to drive more than 20 miles to the government center. Neighbors say the plans are long overdue.
“I think that’s a little more humane than the trailers,” said Raimondo Saunders.
“Certainly, they deserve the best,” added Dave Heden.
County leaders hope to have the substation built by the end of this year.