WILLIAMSTOWN -- A town committee charged with siting a new police station has narrowed its search to several properties.
At their meeting Wednesday, members of the Public Safety Building Study Committee also approved a draft request for proposals (RFP) that will be sent to developers.
Members expressed hope the RFP would be issued within a week and that the deadline for submission will be three weeks after the RFP is released.
Member Andrew Hoagland explained that once a consultant is chosen, they will conduct a space needs analysis for a new station, as well as create conceptual site layouts for a new station at several locations.
"That's a public process where the public weighs in, and one [site] goes to town meeting in May," he said.
Sites currently on the table for a possible police station are: The former Williamstown Financial Center at 296 Main St.; a vacant lot next to Harsch Associates at 311 Main St.; a parking lot on North Street currently used by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; and the lot adjacent to Town Hall on the corner of Main and North Streets.
The committee was established this spring after a suggested site drew some debate -- some residents questioned the location of the vacant lot adjacent to Town Hall on the corner of Main and North Streets, currently owned by Williams College.
Last month, after several meetings where members evaluated criteria for each site, Selectmen authorized the Public Safety Building Study Committee to spend up to $25,000 on a space needs report and conceptual layouts.
Running parallel to the district's work has been the town's Prudential Committee, which oversees the Fire Department.
The district has long been eyeing a new fire station on a 3.7 acre parcel of land on Main Street owned by the estate of Kurt Lehovec.
A special meeting of the district on Oct. 15 will ask voters to approve its purchase for $575,000.
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