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Open houses held by Newtown Police in effort to convince residents of need for new space

Open houses have been held at the current Newtown police station and 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. 

First Selectman Dan Rosenthal says he'd  like to shrink the number of town-owned facilities that have to be maintained by selling the old building once police move into the new one.  He says that could help recoup some of the costs of acquiring the land and construction, which 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.

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Todd Schnitt

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