Construction of the new parking garage at the McAllen Police Department is underway after the project was put on hold for about a year.
The groundbreaking for the new parking garage took place in March of 2017.
McAllen Police Chief, Victor Rodriguez, said it was supposed to be ready for the public and employees to use the following year, but there was a problem with the contractor.
“There were delivery issues and delays that we were taken with our contractor,” said Rodriguez. “And we raised those with our insurance and bonding company so much that they ultimately chose to go with another contractor.”
McAllen Police Captain, Philip Foley, said finding parking at work is a challenge.
“Right now, we actually have to park across the street and there’s been days that I’ve actually had to park at the municipal park swimming pool way down on the corner of Tamarack,” said Foley. “And then walk all the way to down to get into the building on time.”
Foley said he was disappointed after learning about the delay but is excited to finally see construction underway.
“I’m glad that they’re doing it,” said Foley. “It was a long time coming.”
Since the municipal court and jail also operate out of the police station, Rodriguez said a new parking garage has been in the works for years and is costing them nearly $4 million.
“The whole of that funding source was basically from forfeited assets,” said Rodriguez.
The new parking garage will be two stories high with 136 additional stalls, storage space and a bridge for employees to enter the building.
Rodriguez said the project is expected to be completed by March of 2020.
CBS 4 reached out to the previous contractor, and the woman who answered laughed and said the owner is out of town.