Renovations that will turn Chambersburg’s old Town Hall building on South Second Street into modern police headquarters this year will cost the borough $6.4 million. For another $671,600 town council can replace the building’s 19th century slate roof and restore its landmark clock tower.
Borough Council awarded a $7.1 million contract for the three projects to Lobar Inc. The actual cost to taxpayers will be considerably less than the contract price, however. State Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants totaling $3.2 million will cut the cost to local taxpayers almost in half.
The task of turning the old town hall building into a modern police headquarters includes:
- Updates to infrastructure;
- Expansion and renovation of the existing town hall;
- Personnel facilities including offices;
- A sally port;
- public waiting areas and conference rooms;
- Interview rooms and holding cells;
- Storage space for records, evidence and arms;
- A fitness room, locker rooms, public rest rooms;
- A K-9 room.
In addition to Lobar’s low bid, the borough received four bids ranging from $7.5 million to $8.6 million.
Modern police department
“This bid includes everything to turn (the old town hall) into a modern police department,” Borough Manager Jeff Stonehill said.
“The new refurbishment will modernize the department and also provide us with room to grow,” said Chambersburg Police Chief Ron Camacho.
The department recently vacated the old decades old police headquarters building that was actually an annex to the town hall. The borough found temporary headquarters for the department at a temporary location at 1540 Orchard Avenue.
The department will move back to the South Second Street headquarters when the new headquarters is ready in late 2023 or early 2024. The entire renovation project could take up to two years.
The renovation will accommodate existing and potential future police officer positions. Currently, 35 officers and 3 administrative employees serve one of the fastest growing areas of the Commonwealth.
Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-89, praises the department and calls the building renovation “vital” to the department and the community it serves.
“The men and women of the CPD work tirelessly to serve the public and keep us safe,” he said. “This (project) allows their work to be carried out in a more efficient and safer manner.”
About the contractor
Lobar, whose headquarters are in Dillsburg, is no stranger to Chambersburg. The firm built both the Chambersburg Aquatic Center and the new Franklin County Courthouse.