New Canaan finance board approves $1.2 million for police building plans

Design plans totaling $1.2 million to revamp the police department headquarters were unanimously approved by the Board of Finance Tuesday. This allotment comes after the project was already greenlit for $300,000 in study costs. The $1.5 million total includes pre-construction fees including schematic designs, design development and construction documents created by Brian Humes of Jacunski Humes Architects. This will help set the wheels in motion on the $28.5 million plan that calls for keeping much of the envelope of the current headquarters — a 96-year-old once-retrofitted school building — then knocking down the old addition in the back and replacing it with a new section. It is expected to go out to bid in June 2023, with bids expected to come back a month later in July. Shovels are expected in the ground next fall, with construction is expected to take anywhere from 18 months to two years.

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