PROVINCETOWN – The board of directors voted on October 25 to go ahead with the recommendation of the city’s building committee for the 2019 design of a new police station. The council also voted to authorize chief executive Alex Morse to execute a contract with design firm Flansbugh to update construction drawings and tender services.
A recent survey conducted by the town hall showed a clear preference of citizens for what is called 2019 design. As part of the survey, citizens were invited to watch a video on the current police station at 26 Shank Painter Road, and a video outlining the proposed 2019 design changes to what has been referred to as the 2021 Design Update.
The 2021 design is seen as a more traditional-looking police station, according to comments made at the October 25 meeting.
Price, location, cost, design and needs are among the obstacles that can arise with voters at a future town hall meeting, Select board members said. There is also a cost of doing nothing, such as losing police officers due to working conditions, Morse said.
In 2017, voters appropriated $ 8.6 million to pay for a new station, but the final price was ultimately $ 12.5 million. In 2019, city assembly voters refused to spend the higher total amount. Architects attributed the rising costs to inflation, a premium for bringing workers to the Outer Cape and previously underestimated construction costs.
The current estimated cost is now $ 15 million, due to continued inflation, rising lumber costs and a COVID premium, according to Senior Director of Environmental Partners, Paul Millett, consultant on the project. In addition to the $ 12 million building, there are about $ 3 million in “ancillary costs” for the technology and internal systems, Millett told the Select Board in July.
A request for funding for a new police station could be presented at the annual municipal meeting in the spring.
The construction committee is the main community group for the project and will continue to hold public meetings on the proposed project, Morse said.
The current police station is a former funeral home, which has served as police headquarters since 1986. As the video points out, the station is described by city officials as “inadequate”.
“Changes in technology, current building code requirements, safety concerns, as well as outdated building systems, such as HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and electricity, and even periodic flooding have tormented the police station, “according to information on the online survey site. “By building a new station, we share the ability to design a facility that can directly address the policing philosophy, mission and objectives of the local law enforcement agency.”