Police Station Project
Timeline for the PD Highway Garage Siting
In July 2009 a report was issued by the Center for Public Safety and Architects Design Group, Inc., Winter Park, Florida detailing a spacial needs assessment of the current police station located at 26 Shank Painter Road. This report also identified potential options that exist in the community for relocation of the current police station including the following:
• The medical office adjacent to the existing police station
• The town’s existing soccer field
• The temporary facility housing hall offices (Jerome Smith Road trailers)
• Adaptive re-use of the existing site on Shank Painter Road
• The parking area adjacent to the fire station, across the street from the police station
The medical office was ruled out as the owner of the property was approached and was not interested in selling his property.
The town’s soccer field was ruled out as it is a current leaching field for the wastewater system.
The temporary trailers were ruled out, even temporarily, as the cost to house a public safety facility was deemed to be prohibitive.
The existing site is cramped and additional space would be needed which is not possible due to the church on one side and the medical office on the other side.
The parking area adjacent to the fire station was ruled out when the Board of Selectmen met with the Board of Fire Engineers in March 2010 determining that this site was constrained already for the fire station.
On August 24, 2009 the Board of Selectmen directed the Town Manager to form a Town Manager Working Group charged with the responsibility of siting a suitable location for a Police Station.
The first meeting of the Town Manager Working Group was held on November 2, 2009. All members of the group were present including Town Manager Sharon Lynn, Police Chief Jeff Jaran, Administrative Accountant and GIS Coordinator Dana Faris, Building Commissioner Russell Braun, Citizen Ann Maguire and Citizen Clarence Walker.
It should be noted that during this time both the Community Center and the Grace Gouveia Building were being considered as potential surplus properties due to a possible move to the Veteran’s Elementary School. Both of these buildings sites were reviewed by the Working Group and determined that the size as well as the ingress/egress from the properties did not lend themselves as viable locations to site a police station.
It should also be noted that during this time period Duarte’s parking lot located on Bradford Street was identified as a possible location for a police station in addition to a town parking facility. An attempt was made to enter into discussions with the property owner, to no avail. A Federal TIGER grant was later submitted, with the assistance from the County, however this funding did not materialize.
The Working Group met throughout the remaining months of 2009 and discussed the possibility of siting a police station at the National Park Service North Maintenance Facility, which later was determined not to be an option for the Town or for the NPS.
The Grace Hall parking lot was also a consideration. However after much discussion it was determined that the site was not a viable location mainly due to the necessity of removing parking spaces, thus decreasing parking revenue for the Town. In addition, the ingress/egress area to this site is not ideal, as it co-exists with public parking in adjacent areas, pedestrian traffic and general residential conditions along the ingress/egress area of Captain Bertie’s Way.
Once these potential locations occupying sites on town owned land were ruled out a discussion ensued of the possibility of utilizing the highway garage site on Race Point Road. The highway garage location was included in the town wide Capital Needs Assessment which commenced in October 2010. In February 2011 the engineer’s assessment concluded that the site was indeed viable with some design and layout adjustments including design circulation for vehicles and equipment. An initial and preliminary geotechnical-boring sample did not readily identify any environmental hazards on the site that could not be mitigated.
On April 4, 2011 Annual Town Meeting Warrant Article #22 requested the town voters amend the action taken at April 2010 Annual Town Meeting and to authorize the expenditure of this remaining $150,000 appropriation for the securing of design and project management services in connection with the demolition of the existing highway garage and the construction of a new highway maintenance facility and a new police station to be located at the existing highway garage site. In unanimous votes in favor of this action by both the Board of Selectmen and by the Finance Committee, this Article was moved forward to Town Meeting. Town Meeting unanimously passed a motion made by Selectmen Chair Anderson on April 4, 2011.
In October 2011 a RFQ for design and architectural services was advertised soliciting responses due by November 9, 2011. On November 14, 2011 the Committee (Sharon Lynn, Jeff Jaran, David Guertin and Russ Braun) appointed by the Town Manager met to select five of the twelve firms responding to the RFQ. This task was accomplished utilizing review criteria and a ranking method. Representatives from five firms were selected and include the following:
Architects Design Group
Winter Park, FL
Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Architects, Inc.
DiMarinisi & Wolfe Architects
Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc.
HKT Architects, Inc.
The Office of Allen M. Lieb Architects, P.C., Ltd.