April 02, 2020

Police station opening delayed Mid-December new debut target

BANGOR – The opening of the city’s multimillion dollar police station, initially proposed for Halloween, has been pushed back until December, and that’s no trick.

“We are looking at sometime in December, hopefully within the first two weeks, to move in,” Bangor police Lt. Ron Gastia, the city’s project manager for the new police station, said Monday.

As Gastia explained it, unexpected delays earlier in the year put the project on Main and Cedar streets behind schedule, a delay that couldn’t be offset by other aspects of the project coming in earlier.

Construction workers uncovered buried foundations and a large fuel tank, and workers removed asbestos found in the car care building that is being used as part of the construction.

“As the project moved on, it just appeared that they could not make up that extra time,” Gastia said.

The project manager said it had been thought that the electrical system could be put in earlier as well as adding the doors and other hardware in the building, but that such faster-than-expected work didn’t happen.

With many aspects of the project connected, work in one area affects another. If the electrical system isn’t in place, the gypsum wallboard can’t be installed and the painters can’t do their job on the walls, Gastia explained.

“It’s the trickle-down effect,” the project manager said.

Starting next week, the city will be installing the electronics, telephone, radio, and dispatch and computer systems in advance of opening the new facility, which will replace the aging building on Court Street.

At 42,000 square feet, the new building will have 25 percent less space than the current five-story facility, at least on paper. The police department, however, uses only about 12,000 square feet on Court Street. The rest is considered in such poor condition that it’s unusable, Gastia has said.

Asbestos was found and removed from the car care building at a cost of $4,000, while another $3,500 was spent to remove the buried oil tank.

These costs will be taken out of a contingency fund for the project that, when the costs of purchasing the property are included, will be about $8 million, with the building cost estimated at $6.5 million.

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