Are there spaces in the building that support community needs?

We have added a large and inviting lobby space to make the public feel safe and welcome to visit the building at any time. This lobby includes multiple seating areas, a private conference-style room for the community to come in to get advice, or report a crime in a more private setting, and a large front desk greeting area for walk-in visitors.

The lobby also has a large community/training room attached that can be used for community meetings, events, or department-sponsored training. A wing of office space has also been added for embedded social service programs to be added to the department. These spaces give the Department flexibility moving forward, as the Town's leadership continues working with residents to determine which services meet our community's needs.

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1. Why do the police need a building of this size?
2. What is the cause of higher than expected costs?
3. Can you please detail the cost increase to taxpayers with median home value as well as $500K, $2M and $3M increments? Could you also please provide the revised timeline of estimated tax increases?
4. Why can’t you build the building with cheaper materials?
5. Are there spaces in the building that support community needs?
6. What is the de-escalation training room?
7. What is the height of the current Police Station and what is the height of the proposed Police Station?
8. How many floors will the proposed Police Station have?
9. Why does the project include indoor parking?
10. How many cars can be stored inside?
11. Is there infrastructure included for electric vehicle charging stations?
12. Does the project include an indoor firing range?
13. Is the building an all-electric design?
14. Is solar part of the building design?
15. Are there any restrooms that the public will be allowed to use?
16. Does the design include all-gender bathrooms?
17. How many officers is the building designed for?
18. What’s going to happen with the Hosmer House?
19. What is the large metal tower at the rear of the building?
20. What is the purpose of the communication antenna (tower)?
21. Does the communication antenna (tower) have to be located next to the Police Station?
22. While the requirements of the new station follow best practices for police station requirements, it has been asked about other new stations in the Massachusetts area. Their costs? Their size?