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Posted on Feb 20, 2015

Council calls for bids on new police department, city hall

After about two years of planning and designing, the Quincy City Council on Tuesday put its new municipal office complex, which will include a new police department and city administrative offices, out for bid.

The project is expected to cost between $3 million and $3.5 million, said Ariel Belino, city engineer.

The city is paying for the project with money from its capital fund, which is funded by sales tax dollars.

With a bid awarded by the March 17 city council meeting, construction on the project could start as early as mid-April, Belino said.

The major construction project, which is largely a renovation project, will be completed in three phases, and will be completed in about two years, he added.

A new law enforcement facility will be constructed in the first phase. Existing structures adjacent to the current police department will be demolished. The final facility will be about 9,340 square feet and include an additional 936-square-foot, detached impound building.

The first phase should take from nine to 12 months to complete, Belino said.

Phase two includes the remodeling of the old library, which is adjacent to the current city administration building. It also includes a 4,000-square-foot addition that will expand the city council chamber and create a new entrance. That phase should take about six months to complete, Belino said.

The existing city administration area will be remodeled into an evidence and training room for the police department in the project’s third phase.

Belino said the city looked at knocking the current building down and building a new structure; however, that project would have been more expensive. By using existing foundations and load-bearing walls, the city is saving money, he said.

Bids will be opened March 12. Belino is expecting the project to be attractive to prospective contractors. The city’s most recent capital projects – the outdoor stage at Lauzier Park and the new animal shelter – both came in under budget. So Belino is hoping for the same for this project.


— By Jill FitzSimmons,