A tour has been taken by representatives of several town boards and commissions of a vacant building eyed for the Newtown Police Department. The 22,000 square foot building at 191 South Main Street would be converted and expanded under the proposal. An abutting property, with a vacant home, on Pecks Lane would also be purchased.
The combined parcel would be a little under 12 acres. The selectmen will make the appropriation request during their second August meeting, moving it to the Board of Finance. If approved, the Legislative Council would take up the proposal at their September meeting.
First Selectman Dan Rosenthal is hoping to get the purchase and bonding on the November ballot. But a final construction design and bid documents likely won't be ready at that time. The project, including acquiring the land and construction, is estimated at $14.8 million. The cost does not include a training facility or shooting range.
The property owner agreed that if voters don't approve the sale, the town would not be obligated to buy the land. The site is located in an Industrial zone.
The existing police station is located at 3 Main Street.