November 30, 2023


Good Living

Hingham to vote on getting land for mixed police and fire facility

“The preliminary style was coming in in a way that I consider the board felt hadn’t been completely vetted due to the fact we had been trying to get it performed by the [purchase and sale] deadline,” City Administrator Thomas Mayo mentioned.

He said the town has right up until Nov. 30 to buy the property, which abuts the Hingham Shipyard.

The first design by Kaestle Boos Associates termed for an approximately 50,000-square-foot, three-story developing and parking garage believed to price $39.6 million. The structure delivered about a few times as a great deal area as the present police headquarters and North Fireplace Station that the new setting up would exchange.

Opposition to the task surfaced among the parents of school-age youngsters, who criticized investing so a great deal income on a new community basic safety constructing throughout the pandemic instead of investing additional in the educational institutions.

“I think it is outrageous that this challenge is even getting regarded,” reported Susan Kiernan O’Horo, a medical doctor with three teenage young children in the Hingham public schools. “It just speaks volumes about what our values are to [consider building] anything that is so amazingly needless at this time when the faculties are beneath this kind of stress.”

Town Assembly voted in June 2020 to expend $250,000 for a feasibility research and conceptual design and style of the venture, which at that time was projected to expense $22 million.

The town employed Kaestle Boos Architects to do the get the job done, and Mayo explained amongst $30,000 and $40,000 is left in the deal “to refine” the conceptual structure.

He stated he anticipated that the yearly Spring City Meeting of 2021 would be asked to vote on shifting ahead with a new design.

The Hingham Law enforcement Department at present operates in about 10,000 square toes in Hingham City Hall, space that officials say the office has outgrown. The smaller sized North Fireplace Station on North Road also is overcrowded, as perfectly as dilapidated and outmoded, officers say.

Mayo explained that both equally the law enforcement headquarters and fire station would benefit from going to new, much more modern day amenities, and relocating the law enforcement out of Town Hall would give space for the senior center to broaden there.

Mayo mentioned the regional dispatch heart would keep on being in City Corridor. Fireplace headquarters would remain on Primary Road, and the satellite South Fireplace Station also would continue to be open, he mentioned.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at [email protected].

The Hingham Police Department's lobby in Hingham Town Hall. A Special Town Meeting will decide whether to buy land on Route 3A for a new public safety facility that will house the police department headquarters and a satellite fire station.
The Hingham Police Department’s foyer in Hingham Town Hall. A Special City Assembly will make a decision no matter whether to acquire land on Route 3A for a new general public protection facility that will home the law enforcement section headquarters and a satellite fireplace station.City of Hingham