Construction starts on $13.6 million public safety center at Emerson Park Transit Center

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

Construction is underway on a $13.6 million, two-story, 16,000-square-foot facility public safety center at the Emerson Park Transit Center.

The project team includes FGM Architects, Poettker Construction, Southwestern Illinois Building Trades, BRiC Partnership, LLC, Kreher Engineering and Gonzalez Companies, LLC. Construction is expected to be completed in 2024.

The building will house the Metro Transit Operational Control Center and the St. Clair County CENCOM West 9-1-1 Emergency Dispatch Center and will include office space for St. Clair County MetroLink Sheriff’s deputies.

It will also include improved rider amenities, including public restrooms for riders and operators of the transit system.

“This project is a critical public safety investment for East St. Louis, St. Clair County and the entire St. Louis metropolitan region,” said Chair of St. Clair County Transit District’s Board of Trustees and Director of the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency Herb Simmons. “It will bolster communications and security collaboration among Metro Transit, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, Metro Transit Public Safety, the Bureau of Transit Police and other public safety partners.”

Construction is being funded by a $10 million Rebuild Illinois grant and funding from St. Clair County transit district and bi-state development.

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