Norwell: Feasibility study shows police station renovation more costly than Washington Street proposal

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Architects met with Norwell selectmen Wednesday night to present the results of a study to determine the feasibility of renovating the town’s police station.

HKT architects reported that renovating the dilapidated, mold infested police station would cost the town an estimated $5.7 million, since they have to basically gut the entire building.

HKT’s Janet Monteverde told Selectmen Greg McBride that the costs to renovate the existing police station could be even greater than the $5.1 million dollar proposal to add it to the existing fire station on Washington Street which was rejected by town meeting last year.

Greg McBride started by saying, “It seems like a lot of costs that you’re carrying are to squeeze everything that we say we need into the existing space – the renovation. If you were to start over again, I assume the costs would be less expensive. We saw that with Washington Street”.

“I think you’re right – and you wouldn’t be spending money for the cost of relocation. The police would be staying there (at the existing station), operating fully and then moving in, so new construction can be cheaper”, HKT’s Monteverde said.

The issue now goes over to the Permanent Building and Maintenance Committee for their recommendation.

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.