Frequently Asked Questions - Space Needs/Size of Facility

The questions that appear below are ones that the Committee frequently receives.  This page will be updated on a regular basis as we near the Special Town Meeting on March 8, 2017.

Date Last Updated: February 17, 2017

Why does the proposed Public Safety Facility need to be so big? Can it be built smaller?

The Committee undertook a feasibility study in late 2015 with the assistance of our consultant, Donham and Sweeney, who has been involved in numerous other public safety building projects.The study examined the current needs of the police and fire departments to bring them up to modern standards, but it also anticipated future growth.The Committee has reviewed the needs of both departments in great detail and believe that they are reasonable needs and are comparable to departments with a similar operation profile in other towns. The proposed size of the facility is also in line with the findings of a separate committee formed by the Town back in 2007 which consisted of different residents and Chiefs.

What do comparable towns to Southborough have for a public safety building size?

Each town has its own unique operations, especially for purposes of the Fire Department, so it is tough to draw sharp comparisons.The Committee independently compared the space needs for the Town of Southborough that was developed as part of our Feasibility Study in 2015 with communities going through similar projects.Our research indicated that the combined space needs for the Town of Southborough were comparable to what other communities with populations from 5,000 to 15,000 were also showing as space needs.