On Thursday, the Dedham Board of Selectmen voted in favor of a letter of intent to purchase 224,000-square feet of space at 100 and 150 Rustcraft Road, with the purpose to site a police station, town hall, and senior center, among other town departments. The project would cost $28-million, with $18-million going to purchase the property, and the other $10-million to build the project.
Funding for the project would come from the Robin Reyes
Capital Stabilization Fund and from existing borrowing capacity within the
Town’s Operating Budget. This is not proposed as a
Debt Exclusion Project.
The town had previous discussions with the Davis Companies of Boston that acquired the property via public auction in February.
A presentation at the Selectmen meeting included identifying the intended occupants of the new space for the police station, a town hall, a senior center/council of aging, engineering offices, parks and recreation program space/garage, and ancillary offices such as the credit union as a sub-leassee. There's also intended space for room to grow, or consolidate more town government offices into the space to have more town departments under one roof.
For planning purposes, discussion of whether there should be individual buildings, or one large facility building was breached in the presentation. If there were individual buildings, each individual building would require a separate RFP (request for proposal) process, and a separate town process for each building, according to the presentation provided to Dedham Patch.