Results of Greenfield safety complex set for release tonight
GREENFIELD — The architects who for the past year have been studying whether it is feasible for the town to build a new public safety complex and where will present their findings to the public tonight.
Last year, Pacheco Ross Architects of Voorheesville, N.Y., began looking at the issue of whether the town should build a complex that would house its fire, police and emergency services and dispatchers.
Town Council approved $21,000 for the study, which included finding an optimal location and determining the best scope for a new public safety complex.
The Public Safety Commission will discuss the matter and Pacheco Ross will present its findings tonight at 6 in the meeting room in the police station on High Street.
Pacheco Ross studied the viability of all of the buildings that currently house each department, and its architects incorporated department and town ideas into the process.
The public will hear about sustainable construction ideas that could be incorporated into a public complex and will learn about the architect’s assessment of sites, existing buildings, requirements for a new public safety complex in Massachusetts, alternatives of square footage for a new building, and relevant code requirements.
Pacheco Ross did a free preliminary study in 2011 and advised the town on how to go about doing the feasibility study. The company submitted a report after that study to help the town determine criteria it should use when it went to choose the firm to do the feasibility study.
Construction and cost of such a project have not been discussed at this point, because a location hasn’t been chosen. It is not clear whether construction and costs will be discussed tonight at the Public Safety Commission public meeting.
Mayor William Martin has said he will be looking at different options for funding such a project, if the town decides to go ahead with it.
The mayor has said he would like to see all of the town’s emergency responders together in one place, and had mentioned the former Lunt Silversmith property, when the town had control of it, as a possible site.
At present, the fire and emergency management facilities are located on Main Street and the police station is on High Street.