Lowell police superintendent requests station upgrades
LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Lowell’s police superintendent has requested at least $1 million in upgrades to the city’s outdated police headquarters as officials consider replacing the facility entirely.
Superintendent William Taylor tells The Sun (http://bit.ly/1MRDqoX ) that “immediately necessary” renovations include replacing ceilings, converting an indoor firing range into evidence storage, locker room and restroom upgrades and the installation of security-card readers on doors.
Taylor says the building, which was constructed in 1973, “was not designed like a police station.” He says improvements made to the station over the years followed “a Band-Aid approach.”
City Manager Kevin Murphy says a comprehensive rehab of the facility would run about $30 million.
A new station would cost approximately $55 million plus the price of acquiring land. A feasibility study was presented to City Council on Tuesday night.
Information from: The (Lowell, Mass.) Sun, http://www.lowellsun.com