So. Berwick Town Council OKs police station site purchase negotiations

November 15th, 2017 by admin Leave a reply »

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine The Town Council empowered Town Manager Perry Ellsworth to move forward with a purchase and sale agreement that would move the town closer to construction of a new police station.

The agreement will be negotiated with the Farmgate condominium association for land for the new station. Farmgate is on Route 236 near Academy and Brattle streets. Ellsworth said an amendment to zoning regulations will enable South Berwick to provide Farmgate with 1.5 acres of town-owned land in exchange for 2.25 acres of Farmgate property for construction of the police station. Farmgate is currently unable to utilize any of its surrounding property since it is in non-compliance with the towns cluster zoning regulations.

While the council approved the purchase and sale negotiations it was hesitant to exclude consideration of the former Norton Street location for the police station, preferring to instead wait until further progress is made on the Farmgate site.

Nevertheless, the council viewed an initial architectural rendering of the proposed police station presented by Mike Lassel of Lassel Architects, the South Berwick firm contracted by the town to design the station. The sketch identified major sections of the station starting with the booking and processing of suspects that included spaces for interview rooms, evidence storage and narcotics storage.

The station will feature spaces for patrol officers, sergeants office, an armory for weapons and the detectives squad room. There will also be a community training room that could be used by community

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