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Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2003 8:36 am | Updated: 1:48 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

While Mesa is putting the finishing touches on its showpiece central fire station, city officials are contemplating other large capital projects in the city’s downtown area, including the under-construction performing arts center, a new court building and a contested indoor aquatics center.

The projects are expected to help the city’s ongoing redevelopment for the onesquare-mile downtown area.

"They’re all major community facilities," said Tom Verploegen, who oversees the downtown’s special improvement district. "They’re already sparking some private investment downtown."

Mesa Fire Station 201, located on the northwest corner of Mesa Drive and First Street, is nearing completion. It was originally slated to open in September, but unforeseen work delayed the opening. It’s scheduled to open in January, said deputy fire chief Mary Cameli.

The station will serve as battalion headquarters.

The proposed city court building, slated for the northwest corner of First Avenue and Pomeroy, hinges on voters passing a bond in the March city election. Construction costs are expected to top $23 million for the 120,000-square-foot facility. If the voters pass the bond for the new court building, the police department would expand its operation into the current court building at 245 W. Second St.

The proposed aquatic center at Macdonald and First Avenue is delayed indefinitely. City officials said they have enough to build the $34 million facility, but lack a funding source to pay for its operation.

The performing arts center is being built on the southeast corner of Main and Center streets. The $94.5 million facility is slated to open in spring of 2005.

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