Welcome to the Elburn Police Station Project Webpage
This webpage will provide you with a comprehensive guide to follow the process of building the new Elburn police station. It will cover the entire process, including identifying the need for a new facility, building support for the project, pre-planning and analysis, project design and delivery, and project construction and occupancy. Our goal is to provide you with information about the project. This webpage will be updated as more information becomes available.
- 1992 – The current Village Hall/Police Station was built when the Village’s population was 1,275.
- 2000 – Elburn’s population reaches 2,756, an increase of 116% from 1990.
- April 2008 – A facility space needs analysis was completed for Village Hall/Police Station together indicating the need for a larger, modern Village Hall/Police Station at an estimated cost of $24.35 million (in 2008 dollars).
- 2008-09 – The economic downturn put all plans on hold.
- 2010 – Elburn’s population reaches 5,602, an increase of 339% from 1990.
- 2017 – The Village begins investigating potential locations to build a new Police facility. The top location was at Anderson Road just south of Keslinger Road because of the proximity to the Anderson Road bridge over the railroad tracks.
- 2018 – The existing Village Hall/Police Station was expanded to temporarily alleviate space needs while the Village pursued ways to build a stand-alone Police facility. This was meant as a 5-year temporary fix with the understanding that when the Police move out, it will allow for the future expansion of other Village Departments in Village Hall.
- 2018 – The Village purchased land at Anderson Road and Keslinger Road in a sealed bid tax auction for $25,000. This land was previously owned by the developer of the Blackberry Creek neighborhood. Since 2009, the property was bought and sold several times for delinquent taxes.
- 2020 – Elburn’s population reaches 6,175, a 384% increase since 1990.
- April 2020 – A Facility Space Needs Study was completed by McClaren, Wilson & Lawrie, Inc., indicating the need for a 31,500 sq. ft. stand-alone Police facility and a garage/sally port.
- 2022 – The Village formed a 16-member citizens task force to help refine, develop, and build support for a plan to present a referendum to voters at the March 2023 election. They recommended downsizing the dimensions and scope of the proposed facility and eliminating the police garage to lessen the overall cost of the project.
- April 2023 – The Village placed a referendum on the consolidated election ballot proposing to issue general obligation bonds to fund the construction of a Police facility through a property tax increase for the duration of the bond. This referendum failed.
- May 2023 – The Village began looking at alternative options after the referendum failed. Purchase of an existing industrial building on Keslinger Road, west of Rt. 47, was considered as a municipal center for all Village departments but ultimately ruled out because the space did not meet the current and future needs of the Village.
- Fall 2023 – The Village continued to evaluate alternative funding mechanisms to construct a new building at Anderson Road & Keslinger Road.
- Year-end 2023 – Estimated population 7,135 based on the number of residential permits issued.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need a new police station?
The simple answer is safety. The current 1,875 sq. ft. station, located within Village Hall, is significantly undersized and lacks proper security. The station does not meet the minimum standards to protect the public, police officers and staff. The facility also poses many potential liabilities for the Village. Below are additional details regarding the challenges that the Village’s undersized police station poses:
- Less than 1,900 sq. ft. of space.
The current police station is 1,875 sq. ft. That is simply not enough room for 12 full-time officers, 6 part-time officers, 2 full-time and 1 part-time records staff, and two part-time community service officers. With Elburn’s population and police force projected to keep growing, space needs are only going to get worse for the Police Department.
- No licensed holding facility.
The Department’s small booking room is not equipped to safely detain or hold detainees. This room can only hold a maximum of two detainees for a short period, creating many challenges.
- Transferring detainees is a serious challenge.
Due to a lack of space and restrictions based on facility design, it is very difficult to keep the public as well as civilian staff separated from detainees. For example, because there is limited ventilation, the booking room cannot house the equipment used to determine the blood alcohol content of an intoxicated subject. This equipment is housed immediately behind the Department’s records specialists, putting these personnel at risk. Detainees also use non-secure employee restrooms.
- No room to safely process and properly store evidence.
There are many types of evidence that the Elburn Police Department must process and secure, including biohazardous materials, drugs, and weapons. This poses many challenges for the Village’s officers and civilian employees given the lack of space, proper ventilation, and other environmental controls. In fact, all evidence is now stored offsite once processed. This also holds true for long-term documents.
- No armory for secure weapons storage.
There is limited space in the current police station to properly store weapons and ammunition.
- Lack of secure parking.
Unlike most modern police stations, Elburn’s police station does not have a secure parking area to protect officers, vehicles, and equipment.
- No space for training.
The lack of training space for mandated training requirements forces officers to go off-site, increasing costs and travel time.
- Unsecured interview room.
The station’s small interview room also serves as a report writing room and non-secure juvenile room. This room does not allow for a secure interview of a person in custody.
Where is the proposed location of the new police station?
The proposal calls for the new Elburn police station to be located on Village-owned property on Anderson Road south of Keslinger Road, near the water tower. There are two baseball fields, a soccer field, and a gravel lot on the property. The sports fields and parking would remain. This central location provides access to two major roadways that are uninterrupted by the railroad. In addition, the site already has access to utilities.
Why this location?
The location on Anderson Road just south of Keslinger Road is ideal because:
- Low cost of land; 5.72 acres for $25,000 total cost.
- Adjacent to Anderson Road and Keslinger Road, which allows quick access to all areas of Elburn.
- Easy access to Anderson Road bridge over the railroad tracks to avoid delays due to train traffic at other grade crossings.
- All utilities (water, sewer, gas, electric, and stormwater) are adjacent to the property, which reduces construction costs to extend utilities.
- Will provide paved off-street parking for the ball fields.
- Increased distance from railroad tracks to avoid service interruption.
How large is the Village of Elburn’s police force?
The Department has 12 full-time officers, 6 part-time officers, 2 full-time and 1 part-time records staff, and 2 part-time community service officers.
Is the Village’s population growing?
With Elburn Station, Fox Pointe, and other housing developments adding many new homes to our community, the Village’s population is projected to exceed 8,500 residents by 2030, an increase of more than 37% from the 2020 census. As the community continues to grow, so will the Elburn Police Department in order to keep residents safe.
What are the biggest problems with the current police station?
The biggest challenges include the lack of a licensed holding facility, an inadequate booking area, insufficient space for long-term records and evidence storage, no on-site armory to properly secure weapons and ammunition, escape risk and safety issues given the layout of the station, no secure sally port for safely bringing detainees into and out of the station, a lack of space for processing and securing vehicles for evidence and overcrowded workspaces.
Why not expand the existing police station?
There is not enough space on the existing site for expansion that will meet the long-term growth of the Village.
What about converting an existing building into the police station?
Other options have been carefully vetted but no better alternatives have been identified as feasible.
- Community Center – The conversion of the community center in 2020 was estimated to exceed $9 million just for office space, not purpose-built to Police building standards.
- Industrial Building – Limited options due to size and availability. The Village explored the possibility of converting an industrial building that was available into a municipal center for all Village Departments but the space was not conducive to reconfigure nor viable for future growth.
- Village Hall – The current Village Hall/Police Station was looked at for expansion but there’s limited land for expansion and would only be a temporary solution (5-10 years) for an estimated $7.8 million. It was expanded in 2018 as a temporary 5-year fix.
What would the new police station feature?
The new 20,000 sq. ft. police station would include a public lobby area, a secure sally port, designated spaces for secure storage for records, property and evidence, evidence processing, and arrestee processing, patrol room, training/community space, shared staff spaces, officer lockers, and multipurpose area, staff/building support areas, and includes a new Board room that will double as a training room.
Would a new police station help with the recruitment of police officers?
Yes. A new, safe, modern police station would improve the recruitment and retention of law enforcement professionals. This is currently a serious challenge for most municipalities, including Elburn.
Why is this project urgent?
A 2021 study by the Northern Illinois University Center for Government Studies found the need for a new police station to be the most pressing issue facing the Village of Elburn. Legal liability is also a growing concern given the many risks associated with the size and layout of the existing station. In addition, given construction inflation, the longer the Village waits to construct a new police station, the more it will cost.
How will the Village pay for a new police station?
In March 2023, the Village asked the voters, via referendum, to increase property taxes to pay for a new police station. The referendum failed. The Village will now issue bonds and will use other revenue sources, such as the Places for Eating Tax, to repay the bonds.
What other police stations are located near residential neighborhoods and/or schools?
- Existing Elburn PD
- Glen Ellyn
- Downers Grove
- Oak Brook
- Oak Brook Terrace
- St. Charles
- Glendale Heights
- Carol Stream
- West Chicago
- South Elgin (old and new)
- Pingree Grove
- Sugar Grove
- Yorkville (old and new)
- Oswego (old and new)
Please direct any questions to:
Nick Sikora, Chief of Police
301 E. North Street