|Police Station Building Committee|
|Address:||346 Bedford Street
Lakeville, MA 02347
|Hours:||No office hours; meetings are usually held on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM. Please check the Town calendar to confirm meeting dates.
|Police Station Review Design Committee Minutes:||2016|
|Police Station Building Committee Minutes:||2017|
|Link to LakeCAM Tour of Police
|Final Space Needs Assessment:||Please click here for the report.|
POLICE STATION HISTORY
In 1982 the Lakeville Police Department moved into its current facility after moving from the basement of the Town Hall. The majority of the current Police Station was built in 1935 and had housed an auto body shop, restaurant, and bar. It was renovated to house the Department. It underwent several renovations and small additions in 1983, 1985, 1987, and 2011. The Department also overtook the space in the northern portion of the building, which formerly housed the COA.
In 2007 the Town of Lakeville hired Kaestle Boos Associates to conduct a feasibility study for Town Offices and Public Safety. As a result of the study, a multitude of issues with the current Police Station were documented. Both exterior and interior issues existed as well as a host of code violations. Energy efficiency, points of egress, fire separation, handicap accessibility, and other significant issues were reported during the study.
In 2013 a leaking roof on the southern portion of the building became more problematic forcing the relocation of the Administrative Assistant. The consistent leak had caused mold that was eventually remediated. However, the roof continued to leak and has eventually spread to the area above the holding cells. Due to this situation, one office is currently not available for use and buckets prevent further water damage above the cell area.
At that time it was discovered that the roof portion above the southernmost portion of the building which houses dispatch, booking, and holding cells was compromised and not structurally sound. Discussion with Town Officials at the time involved a possibility of replacing the roof on one part of the building. Town meeting approval was made for $300,000 to repair the roof. Ongoing discussions after approval determined that repairing the roof would only address that issue but several more remained including lack of space for staff and the public. Safety issues remained including lack of a sally port to safely bring prisoners into the booking area, which currently is a renovated office. Initially Town Officials investigated the possibility of modular construction for a new Police Station. A committee was formed and determined that modular construction was not feasible and the cost savings would be negligible.
As a result, a Building Committee was formed and land was secured by Town Meeting vote to build a new Police Station on Ted Williams Camp on Route 18 just south of the entrance to the camp. After further Town Meeting votes, a project manager and architect have been hired. Currently the architect will be presenting a schematic design to the Town. Town Meeting and ballot approval will be needed to continue with the project.