Ansonia PD unveiling postponed until Oct. 18

October 2, 2018

ANSONIA-The unveiling of the new police headquarters expected to take place Wednesday has been postponed until Oct. 18.

The Wednesday meeting was canceled to allow the Board of Aldermen to officially appoint the police building committee during the Oct. 9 aldermanic meeting.

The nominees are expected to be Sheila O’Malley, the city’s economic development director, Corporation Counsel John P. Marini, Police Chief Kevin Hale, retired Seymour Police Chief Michael Metzler, Alderman Martin Dempsey, Public Works Superintendent Michael D’Alessio, Paul Heron and Police Officer Peter Lovermi Jr.

Discussion of the architectural proposal and use of the building will occur during a meeting of the police building committee at 5:30 p.m. in city hall

The architectural rendering by Jacunski Humes Architects of Berlin shows a sort of triple-tower concept, with the department’s emblem and “POLICE” in blue spelled out down the side of the concrete elevator shaft facing Main Street.

The site, which was vacated by Farrel following the company’s move to the Fountain Lake Industrial Park, was taken by eminent domain this spring after a sale agreement could not be reached with Shaw Growth Ventures of Greenwich and Beirne, N.Y. The city has deposited $1.85 million, which represents the average of two appraisals, with the Milford Superior Court.

Ansonia Police Department Headquarters are now cramped inside the 122-year-old, former Larkin School on Elm Street, where there is very little parking and even less space to store evidence and detain prisoners.

The plan is to use 28,000 square feet of the top floor for the police department. There also is talk of establishing a regional police, fire and emergency dispatch and training center on the second floor. But that is something for the future, and if it happened it would require an agreement by all the Valley towns.

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