The Town of Smithfield will be accepting bids soon on the expansion of the Smithfield Police Station.
The current police headquarters was first opened on South Fifth Street in 1997. However, the department has outgrown the 7,884 square foot facility.
Police Chief Keith Powell said, “We will be adding approximately 3,500 square feet. The bulk will be evidence storage and adding a bay on the end of the building for storing a seized vehicle. There will be a few additional offices, an armory, changing around the locker rooms to make more office space, and some additional bathrooms.”
The Finance Department will also had a secured storage room in a portion of the addition to safely store financial records.
The addition is expected to cost approximately $800,000. It will include some remodeling of the existing police station including new flooring, carpeting and painting.
The Town will need to borrow money to pay for the police station expansion. Finance staff are currently checking into possible USDA funding for the project.
Bids for the project are expected to be solicited in December. Construction could begin in the Spring of 2021.