Summary of Purpose
In 2009 the Southborough Historical Commission made great strides in its efforts to save the existing police station, a.k.a. Peter’s Annex, from demolition. In February we hired a preservation architect to report on the condition of the building and its historical significance. This report verified that the building is both historically significant and in very good condition, making it a prime candidate for adaptive reuse. In March the Massachusetts Historical Commission declared that the building is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places for its local significance. Also in March, the Historical Commission held a very well attended public hearing and presented the historic, economic, and environmental benefits of saving the existing building as well as one idea, which illustrated that a rehabilitated police station could be highly functional, environmentally friendly and cost effective. As a result of these efforts, the Historical Commission earned the support of the Police Chief, the Fire Chief and the Board of Selectmen to continue to pursue their efforts and bring to the taxpayers of Southborough a second option to improve our deficient public safety complex. In September the commission presented their case to the CPC in an effort to procure funding to further advance this rehabilitation concept. The CPC granted the Historical Commission $7,000 in administrative funding and their support for an additional $13,500 to be voted upon at spring town meeting. In early October, Southborough resident and professional Owner’s Project Manager Steve Theran stepped forward and offered his services to the Historical Commission to assist in seeing this process proceed. With his professional guidance, we ended 2009 with plans to hire an architect in order to move toward a goal of finalizing schematic design on a rehabilitation alternative by Fall of 2010.
This year, the Historical Commission drafted an RFQ for architectural services and is in the process of finalizing a contract with Baer Architecture Group to assist us in finalizing schematic design of our rehabilitation concept. While working on finalizing the contract, work has begun and we intend to use this web site page as a venue to keep our town informed and up-to-date on our progress.
We hope to see a good turn-out at Spring Town Meeting where we plan to present an update and a viable alternative to improve Southborough's public safety complex.