West Tisbury will unveil design of new, larger police station

The West Tisbury police department would move from the small station on West Tisbury Road to larger more modern quarters on State Road. — File photo by Mae Deary

West Tisbury residents will get a look at the preliminary design for a proposed new town police station that is expected to cost more than $2.5 million and more than quadruple the size of the current station.

The police station building committee will host a public forum from 4:30 to 6:30 pm, Thursday, February 9, in the Public Safety Building off State Road that now houses the fire department. The new station would be built at the rear of that building and connect to it by a corridor.

If approved at a future town meeting, the police department would move from a 1,350-square-foot wooden building with limited parking next to the Mill Pond to a 5,634-square-foot building with ample parking on the other side of town.

Police Chief Dan Rossi said the present building has about 900 square feet of usable space. The new building would be 52 feet long and 37 feet wide with 3,814 square feet of usable space.


It will include a usable basement, a second floor, and an elevator. The first-floor plan includes a bathroom, separate offices for the chief and a lieutenant and an open office area with space for administrative assistance, with a counter separating the open office from a lobby area.

The second floor design includes a conference room, a bunk room for two, a break room, a lavatory and office space for animal control and emergency services personnel.

The basement will have two locker rooms, one for men and one for women, evidence and armory rooms, and storage areas.

Pat Mitchell, a member of the building committee, said the architects were given a cost estimate for the project based on their study of similar buildings and an estimate of future needs of between $2.5 and $2.9 million dollars. Mr. Mitchell said that while the current plans do not include alternative energy sources, they do include provisions that would allow for adding photovoltaic solar panels later.

He said that he expects the town to vote on funds for plan development at the annual town meeting in April, and if things go well, the town will be presented with the total project proposal at a special town meeting in November.

The public forum will include presentations by the building committee, the project manager, Daedalus Projects, and the architect, Keenan & Kenny. Building plans, floor plans, and a building model will be on display. There will be a slide show. The committee said that the community’s “evaluation, opinion, and questions are important.”