Voters in Lynnfield have another chance to learn about the public safety construction project

This rendering shows what the main entrance to the proposed new fire department headquarters in South Lynnfield (Town of Lynnfield) will look like

LYNNFIELD — The city is giving residents one more chance to learn more about the proposed public safety building project during a question-and-answer session Monday at 7 p.m. after the select committee meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Al Merritt Media Center, 600 Market St. in MarketStreet Lynnfield.

“The public safety project is a significant and important investment for the citizens of Lynnfield to consider,” said City Manager Rob Dolan, adding that members of the project team will be on hand to answer any questions about the project. “Furthermore, I encourage all citizens who cannot make it to the meeting to call my office with any questions they may have. I know that Fire Chief (Glenn) Davis and Police Chief (Nick) Secatore are also ready to answer questions and want all citizens to be well informed.

The city has obtained preliminary plans and cost estimates for the project, which calls for a new fire headquarters on the site of the existing South Fire Station in Post Office Square and major renovations and additions to existing fire and police stations and the town hall complex. The existing fire hall will be demolished to allow for the construction of a new facility.

The project is estimated at $63.5 million, which will be financed via a debt exclusion that would be repaid over 30 years. That cost works out to about $32 a month — $385 a year — for the average Lynnfield taxpayer.

The proposed new facilities would solve many of the problems currently plaguing police and fire stations. Currently, the police station has an insufficient lobby, an undersized communication center and outdated radio equipment. Additionally, the police station suffers from inadequate and unsafe space for holding or moving prisoners through the station. The project will allow fire and police stations as well as City Hall to be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant.

During the municipal assembly on November 14, article 8 of the municipal mandate will ask voters to authorize the financing of the project. A two-thirds majority vote is required. If approved, the projects will face a citywide debt exclusion vote in a Dec. 6 election. If this vote passes, construction is expected to begin in 2024 with a completion date of 2026.

Board Chairman Phil Crawford said that between the proposed construction of public safety buildings and the proposed construction of senior housing at the Sagamore Springs Golf Course, this town meeting “is without any arguably the most important town meeting since MarketStreet”.

More information about the Public Safety Building Project can be found at https://lynnfieldbuildingprojects.com/.