The state police are planning a new local station on a hilltop on the east side of town.
The new building would be on the northeast corner of South Commerce Street and N.M. Highway 104, just across from KFUN Hill. When the police station is completed, officers will move out of the old one.
The current station is at Second Street and Mills Avenue; state police officials have said that the new site will give them immediate response to emergencies on Interstate 25, the busiest highway in the area.
The new building would cover 16,300 square feet and include 26 offices.
Last week, the City Council approved a request to change the zoning of the eight-acre property from residential-agriculture to general commercial. No one at the meeting protested the change.
The state police handle most law enforcement calls in the rural areas of San Miguel County.