Norwell: Officials support new police station proposal

Norwell selectmen have voted to support the permanent building maintenance committee’s recommendation to build a new police station at the site of the current fire station on Washington Street.

The estimated cost of the project is about $4.1 million dollars. Under the proposal, police and fire would actually share part of the current fire department building.

Selectmen chair John Mariano summed up the plan, saying, “The current fire department training room on the first floor would be shared with the police department and an addition would be placed on top of the training room. Then a two-story, 5,000 square foot building for a total of 10,000 square feet, would be added to the right of the current training room.”

Police Chief Ted Ross said he’s happy with the proposal.

“With all the research that’s been done by the PBMC and the fire chief and I, evaluating the old police station site and the Washington Street site, we’ve really exhausted all the avenues where the police station can go. I’m pleased with the selectmen’s vote and look forward to moving into the new building at some point,” said Ross.

Norwell’s fire chief supports the project as well.

Selectmen unanimously voted to support a town meeting article to appropriate $400,000 for construction design. Selectmen say renovating the existing police station at a cost of between $2.5 to $3.3 million dollars is both logistically and financially unfeasible.

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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.