EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 9, 2013

Hampstead police station remains on track

By Alex Lippa

---- — HAMPSTEAD — It’s a long process, but plans for the new police station are right on schedule.

“It’s been terribly slow lately,” said Stephen Londrigan, chairman of the Hampstead Police Building Committee. “But that was expected; we are on schedule.”

The $1.63 million station was approved by the voters, 1,084-837, at Town Meeting in March after being rejected four times. The station will be built on Veterans Way.

“We are really hoping to be in there by the spring,” Chief Joseph Beaudoin said.

But there is still a lot that needs to happen.

“We are waiting for the final drawings to come in from the architect,” Beaudoin said. “Then we will take one last look at them and send it out to bid.”

Londrigan said the building will be 7,200 square feet. The station they pitched to voters was 7,600 square feet.

“There were just some structural issues which caused it to be a little smaller,” he said.

Once the architectural plans are finalized, the committee will send the project out to bid for construction.

“We’ve already had a tremendous amount of people contact us about it,” Beaudoin said.

Londrigan said the bidding will last about a month, and soon after, physical progress is expected.

“We’d like to break ground by the beginning of October,” he said. “We want to get the groundwork leather tight before the winter.”

It should then take only a matter of months before the building is furnished and officers are ready to move in.

The next step would then be deciding what to do with the current station on Emerson Avenue. It was built in 1948.

“It’s too early to tell right now if we will be able to do something with it,” Londrigan said. “There’s been some concern with the structural integrity of the building.”