Police Station Building Project
As of summer 2022, the Police Department has moved to its temporary facility at 173 Bedford Street in anticipation of the construction of the new building at 1575 Massachusetts Avenue.
Election results have 56.6% voting 'Yes' to the ballot question.
About the Project
The Town is seeking to replace the current Police Station with a building that meets the community's current-day public safety needs. The current building was designed to support a community that was about 70% of the size of the current population, and generated half as many calls in a year as it does now.
The current Police Station has been renovated several times over the past 50 years to squeeze more useful space out of the existing plan. About 400 square feet of additional space was added in the form of two shipping containers for storage use.
History of the Police Station Project
- A 2011 study by Donham and Sweeney Architects (PDF) determined that the current 1956 Police Station no longer meets the needs of a modern police force. The study advised that the existing 13,060 square feet should be expanded to approximately 30,000 square feet through new construction.
- Special Town Meeting 2016-5 appropriated funds for studying the feasibility of siting, constructing and equipping a new Police Station to meet modern needs
- At the 2018 Annual Town Meeting, members voted in favor of Article 14, appropriating funds for design, engineering and architectural services for the reconstruction and expansion of the Police Station.
- The completion of the design and request for construction funding was originally planned for the 2021 Annual Town Meeting, but was postponed in order to further engage the community in conversations regarding race, social justice and the future of policing.
- Select Board Members Joe Pato and Doug Lucente met with various community stakeholders to gather input on the Police Station project and public safety in general. View the Police Station Feedback Report (PDF).
- At Special Town Meeting 2021-1, Town Meeting passed Article 5, providing funding for police station architectural design and swing space construction.
- This will allow updates to be made to the original plans for the police station, and will provide funds to modify the building at 173 Bedford Street, so that the Police Department can use that building while police station construction is occurring.
- The Historic Districts Commission unanimously approved the design of the Police Station at their April 7, 2022 meeting. The Chair of the Commission has indicated the Certificate of Appropriateness will be issued soon.
- At Special Town Meeting 2022-1, Town Meeting passed Article 2 (PDF), which appropriated funds for the design and construction of a new Police Station
Cost to Taxpayers
The Town Manager reported to the Select Board that the Police Station debt is estimated to cost the average single-family taxpayer $258 the first year of the debt down to $149 in the 20th year of the debt repayment (average of $204 per year). This works out to approximately a 1.6% increase over current taxes for the first (highest) year.
The Town is working to mitigate the financial impact of major capital projects, such as the Police Station, on taxpayers through a capital stabilization framework (CSF). View the Town Manager's memo to the Select Board outlining the CSF (PDF).
View the Town Manager's memo to the Select Board (PDF) regarding the total amount of excluded debt, and the impact to single-family tax bills.
Frequently Asked Questions
Presentations & Reports from 2022-1 Special Town Meeting
- View the video presentation from the project architect to Town Meeting Members
- Select Board position statement (PDF)
- Report of the Capital Expenditures Committee (PDF)
- Report of the Appropriations Committee (PDF)
For questions or additional information, please contact the Town Manager's Office via email, or by phone at 781-698-4540.
- April 7, 2022 Architect Presentation to Historic Districts Commission (PDF)
- August, 2020 Architect Presentation to the Select Board (PDF)
- August, 2021 Architect Presentation to the Permanent Building Committee (PDF)
- December 16, 2021 Architect Presentation to the PBC (PDF)
- February 3, 2022 Architect Presentation to PBC and Sustainable Lexington Committee (PDF)
- February 7, 2022 Architect Presentation to the Select Board (PDF)
- November 23, 2021 Architect Presentation to the PBC (PDF)
- October 7, 2021 Architect Presentation to the PBC (PDF)
- September 9, 2021 Architect Presentation to the PBC (PDF)