While an accidental fire may have delayed construction of Easton's police station, work is still moving ahead.
The $7.2 million station originally had a June 15 completion date, but that is now pushed back to August, said the project’s developer, Lou Pektor, owner of Ashley Development Corp. of Bethlehem.
During demolition at the former Express-Times building, where a separate project is underway to build a charter school, sparks flew to the adjacent construction site for the police station and set some of the materials on the roof on fire, Pektor said.
With the setback behind them, Longview Construction of Reading is working on the project and completing interior finishes now and finishing up brickwork and interior work, Pektor said.
The three-story, 28,000-square-foot police station will be connected to the former Express-Times building.
Inside, Longview is building a shooting range, new holding cells, fitness center, evidence storage and an interior sally port [secure entryway] to store a large tactile vehicle. Other work includes building new administrative support facilities and new locker rooms.
“The facility has enough parking for all the employees on site,” said Mayor Sal Panto in an email.
Once complete, the station will have 63 officers and six employees.
They will move from the station on the first floor of the city-owned parking garage at Third and Pine streets. It is unknown what will happen to that space. Panto mayor previously said the parking garage is beyond its 40-year life cycle and needs to be demolished.
Plans to build a new parking garage in the city have been postponed as the city is waiting on a state grant, according to Panto.
The city hired Alloy5 Architecture of Bethlehem to review plans for the new station, and the firm also reviewed construction specifications.
Motley Associates of Shillington is the consulting engineer for the project.