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Westminster Eyes Study on New Public Safety Building

September 25, 2018

WESTMINSTER -- The town is looking for a group to conduct a feasibility study for a new public safety building to house the police and fire departments.

“We have to consider the needs and what are our options,” said Town Administrator Karen Murphy.

The study will look into cost and what the town could do with the building, which could include renovation or expansion. Other options like relocation and whether to split up the departments would be considered too.

Architectural and engineering firms can respond to the request for qualification through Oct. 9. There will be a briefing session and tour at the public safety building on Oct. 2.

Interviews and data collection will be the way the chosen firm will gather information for the feasibility study.

The initial scope isn’t meant to create a design layout for any sites, according to a posting on the town’s website.

If a project moves forward, it’s possible that the group could stay on longer, Murphy said.

The town is also identifying a few locations around town to evaluate whether they can accommodate a public safety building, she said.

The current building, which is located next to Town Hall, is about 50 years old.

About 20 years ago, an expansion added the section of the building where the police department operates.

The former fire and police chiefs have advocated the need for a new building.

Acting Police Chief Michael McDonald previously said the department needs more storage, parking, and office space.

In addition to storage, Acting Fire Chief Kyle Butterfield said a modern building would be safer and better protected from toxic fumes.

Consultant Colliers International is helping the town develop a request for proposals for the feasibility study.

Murphy said that members from the Public Safety Feasibility Study Committee will likely evaluate the qualifications and experience of the applicants.

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