The Chandler Police Department is on the verge of opening its second substation as it braces for continued growth in south Chandler.
On Nov. 9, workers broke ground on the Chandler Heights Substation, which is expected to open in September, police spokesman Sgt. Rick Griner said.
Last week, a massive chain link fence surrounded the complex where block walls outline the future police station on the northeast corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay roads.
It is an area where new home development is bordered by fields with cattle and older ranch homes.
The substation is part of a 113-acre complex that is being built with the parks and recreation department.
The centerpiece is an underground water storage system and surface wetlands that will provide water basins, streams, vegetation, wildlife habitats and trails.
Griner said the approximately 20,000-square-foot police substation will resemble the Desert Breeze Substation that opened in 2006. That onestory building, at 251 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., is near Chandler Fashion Center.
Officers based at Chandler Heights will cover south Chandler, an area that is a mix of homes, businesses and schools.
Currently, these officers are working out of the main police station at 250 E. Chicago St.
The need for the south Chandler substation is to cut response time for officers who get calls that take them as far as Val Vista Drive and Hunt Highway, Griner said.