- December 29, 2020
On February 28, 2020 the South San Francisco City Council celebrated the official groundbreaking of the new Police Operations & 911 Dispatch Center by demolishing the existing Pet Club building, located at 1 Chestnut Avenue, to make room for the new facility in front of more than 150 people.
In approximately 18 months, the more than 100 employees of the South San Francisco Police Department will have a new state-of-the-art Police Operations & 911 Dispatch Center to call home. The nearly 43,000 square foot facility will house the 911 Emergency Center, administrative services, records, communications, investigations, property and evidence, patrol, physical training, a classroom and firing range. The development of the new Police Operations & 911 Dispatch Center wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for the residents of South San Francisco passing Measure W, a half-cent sales tax, back in 2015. The District tax went into effect April 1, 2016. The passage of Measure W ensures that the City of South San Francisco is able to maintain and enhance locally controlled City services that the community cares about and has come to expect - including neighborhood police patrols, 911 response times, crime and gang suppression programs, street maintenance and pothole repair, and other essential services.
The location of the new Police Operations & 911 Dispatch Center (former Pet Club store) was acquired by the City in 2017 from the former South San Francisco Redevelopment Agency in 2008 for redevelopment.
City staff awarded the contract to Swinerton Builders on January 8, 2020 and issued formal Notice to Proceed (NTP) to start construction on February 20, 2020. The total construction budget for the Police Operations & 911 Dispatch Center is $52,553,015, which is on budget with the city engineer's estimate for cost of construction.