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Changes in Store for Auburn’s Police/Ambulance Building?


What will the future hold for Auburn’s police/ambulance building?

City Council heard a presentation Thursday from Timothy Bivens, an Architect at Barton & Loguidice, on possible renovations to the building that hasn’t seen major work done in 50 years.

His recommendation was that the entire building be repurposed for use by the city’s ambulance service. This would mean the police department would need to look for a facility that better suits their needs or find a location on which to build such a facility.

Bivens said, “At this point, based on size and program needs, the best recommendation is ambulance repurpose the entire building for use of ambulance… police department, I would probably recommend we look for an alternate site location.”

City Council also discussed whether it would be better to sell the property and move both services to different locations.

“Is selling that property an option?” asked Councilor Tim Locastro.

City Manager Jeff Dygert responded that it was.

“Maybe we would be better off if we had the opportunity to sell that building and have it repurposed by a private entity and start from scratch for the police and ambulance.” Councilor Jimmy Gianettino said. “That may be a more affordable option for us.”

Bivens said that the building is in relatively good shape.

City staff will continue to explore options for the space and the services which currently occupy it.

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