ROSCOE - The renovation and expansion of the Roscoe police station is largely complete with a grand opening set for next month, according to village officials.
The $2.23 million plan to renovate and add onto the department, still attached to Roscoe Village Hall, was approved last August.
The new facility includes updated offices, an evidence processing room and vault, updated IT infrastructure, training space, locker rooms and equipment storage.
Roscoe Police Chief Jamie Evans said the new department fits the police force's growing needs.
"We like the flow most about it," Evans said. "Nothing was a designated room before. To us, this is a real police department. It's the real thing."
Evans said the addition of a squad room and a waiting area for victims and their families help diversify the department's capabilities in handling sensitive situations.
"That's going to be an asset for us," Evans said.
The department will host a grand opening event on Aug. 7, tied into the department and Harlem-Roscoe Fire Protection District's National Night Out celebration. The event will close down a portion of Main Street and be followed by a regular village board meeting, according to Roscoe Administrator Scott Sanders.
The effort to find a solution to the aging police department started three years ago, Sanders said, and culminated in combining renovation with new construction as opposed to building a new facility outright.
"It feels great to be almost done with it," Sanders said. "We had unprecedented rain in June. It was a struggle with how much rain we had in the area."
In other Roscoe development news, Sanders said final permits for the new $7.5 million Speedway and Thortons truck stop on Rockton Road near Interstate 39/90 were approved last week, with dirt work starting at the Speedway site. The $8 million Camping World retail store along Willowbrook Road saw construction start at the end of May, and is expected to open early next year.