SANDOWN – The town of Sandown became the owner of the property at 460 Main St., last week, spurring work to begin planning for the repurposing of the building on site into the town’s new police station.
The town closed on the property on Thursday, May 1.
Voters approved the purchase of the building at March town meeting, as well as the raising of $125,873 to finish the saving they had done over previous years to pay for a new station.
While initial plans were to build a station from the ground up at another location, when the 460 Main St., property came on the market this year, police chief Joe Gordon saw the opportunity to utilize the existing building for a station at a reduced cost compared with new construction. Gordon, with selectmen oversight, worked with the seller to secure a price and voters overwhelmingly agreed to the project.
The building alone cost just over $400,000. The town has saved $871,036 in total for the purchase and refurbishment.
The building was previously a funeral home but was used most recently as apartments. Initial plans to close on April 15 were postponed when all renters had not yet vacated the building.
The board of selectmen announced the closing at their Monday, May 5 meeting. Chair Hans Nicolaisen suggested that Gordon meet with them soon to review the project and begin formulating a timeline and plan for construction.
“We should get Joe in here to establish a plan to move forward, with bid requests, bid proposals and volunteer work,” said Nicolaisen.
Gordon is set to meet with the board to discuss the building at their May 12 meeting.