101 Town Center, P.O. Box 5655, Bella Vista, AR 72714 (479)876-1255

Groundbreaking planned for public safety building

Bella Vista Mayor Peter Christie and Police Chief James Graves invite the public to a groundbreaking ceremony for the city’s new public safety facility.

The ceremony is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 28.

The new facility will be located on the east side of Forest Hills Boulevard, south of the Bella Vista Street Department, 2471 Forest Hills Blvd, on land owned by the city. It will house the city’s Police Department, as well as the police, fire and EMS dispatch center and Bella Vista District Court.

Construction of the approximately 46,000-square-foot building is possible thanks to Bella Vista voters who approved in March 2020 a sales tax bond to support three public safety projects in the city. The other two projects are a replacement fire station in the Branchwood area, which is set to be completed this fall, and a fire training facility.

The public safety building will provide much-needed space and updated capabilities for the city’s police and district court to better serve Bella Vista residents, and plans include room to accommodate needs for the next 30 years.