CARVER – With the unanimous approval of the Planning Board, plans for a new police station at 3 Center St. are on track for a groundbreaking in 2020.
It’s a significant milestone for the long-awaited new building Tuesday night after years of hard work.
Police Chief Marc Duphily said it’s good to have the Planning Board’s unanimous approval and be able to proceed to the next step in the project.
“As Will Sinclair mentioned, a lot of people worked long and hard to get to this point, and we’re moving forward,” he said. “I’m happy that that’s happening.”
He said it’s a good decision in keeping with the will of the people who spoke at Town Meeting and voted for the site.
“It was around 2006 when we started on all this, and it’s 2019,” he said. “It’s probably 2020 before we break ground, but I think it’s appropriate, and I think it’s moving in the right direction.”
Sinclair thanked the Carver Police Station Advisory Committee and everyone else involved in the project for their hard work through a long process before making the motion for site plan approval.
“It’s going to be a nice addition to our community,” he said.
Since the last board meeting two weeks ago, changes have been made to the plans, including a reconfiguration to provide water service to the new police station with construction of a fire pump building powered by generators and the addition of new bike racks.
Town Administrator Michael Milanoski said the plan to provide water service to the police station will also accommodate future plans for connection of the water line to other town buildings, a plan endorsed by the Fire Department.
When the Carver Public Library was built, a steel cistern was installed underneath the building and may rust and leak, he said, and the new system could provide water service to the library, too.
“We’re looking for a campus-wide solution,” he said.
He said the central district is also where the Fire Department has trouble finding a water supply to fill the tanker trucks, so they will be able to connect directly into the new hydrant. He said that’s the reason for an increase in storage capacity to 30,000 gallons.
The Town Hall and EMS building also have no sprinklers, he said, so that will be corrected by a campus fire suppression system.
Planning Board member Jennifer Bogart expressed concern about entering the site from the intersection of Center and Main streets. Architect Tom Linden said the state Department of Transportation would have to approve a redesign of the intersection, which would be a lengthy process.
Milanoski said the town’s operations and maintenance department is working on a parallel project to use Chapter 90 transportation funds to tighten the wide and free-flowing intersection by making adjustments. He said the goal will be to improve circulation and safety.
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