Crystal Approves New Police Station Plans a Second Time
The Crystal City Council will be going out for bids once again for the expansion of the police station.
Crystal wants to renovate and add 30,000 square feet of space to the police station. The city received $4 million of state bonding money toward the $16 million project.
However, there are strings attached to using state money. They include recommendations that range from sustainable building guidelines to recycling waste. As a result, the city council voted in early February to reject the current police station bid and try again in March for a bid that better meets the recommendations.
Crystal City Manager Anne Norris told the council that the city doesn’t anticipate this to substantially change the project or the price tag, but it could delay the process by six or eight weeks.
This past week, the city council once again approved the plans for a new station. The new plans didn’t change the exterior or layout of the station, but it did change the HVAC and water filtration systems to better meet energy efficiency requirements. The bids will come before the council in early May, so construction could start by early June.
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