Ashby Moving Ahead on New Public Safety Complex
ASHBY -- While the wait for state bond money to fund a new public safety building continues, the town is moving forward with hiring a manager to over see its construction.
“We’re in forward motion and are going through the legal process,” said Town Administrator Bob Hanson. “It’s going as planned.”
Having an owner’s project manager is a requirement. Ashby began the process to hire one in November when it put out a request for proposals.
Two companies, Colliers International of Agawam and Vertex of Weymouth, submitted proposals and will be interviewed by the town’s Public Safety Building Committee next month, Hanson said.
“They seem to be great, credible companies and had credible submissions,” he said.
Plans have been drawn up for a 15,000 square-foot public safety building that would contain the police and fire departments at 1093 Main St., the site of the current fire station.
The project is geared to give the Police Department a better space. Its current space at 893 Main St. is a former modular classroom that is more than 50 years old. Its roof leaks and the building doesn’t have a jail cell.
The estimated cost for a new public safety building is $7 million.
Six million dollars was included in the state’s 2019 bond bill to build the public safety complex.
“Construction is entirely dependent on when the state frees up the money, which it hasn’t done yet,” Hanson said.
Town officials started a letter writing campaign in August to urge state officials to release the money.
Residents approved $540,000 at the last Town Meeting to put toward preliminary work on the project, like architectural studies and site plans.
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