LEWISBORO, N.Y. If all goes according to plan, the Lewisboro Police Department will have a new home by the end of the year.
Supervisor Peter Parsons has been in negotiations over the past month with Adam Brodsky, director of commercial properties at Orchard Square, the shopping center formerly known as Cross River Plaza, to bring the department there. Parsons said he sent a signed lease agreement to Brodsky this week after the town made some tweaks to the original proposal.
Weve been negotiating the final details, Parsons said. We did some tweaking to the agreement, and I signed it and sent it back. We are now waiting for them.
Parsons said if Orchard Square OKs the agreement, the town will begin to move forward with its plans to lease 1,100 square feet of space on the lower level of the shopping center right next to where many of its departments, including the justice court, moved earlier this year.
The new police headquarters will also include a space for the state police, the same as it does at its current Spring Street location.
The impetus for the move was a directive from the Department of Justice (DOJ) for Lewisboro to bring its town facilities into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Renovating the current police headquarters was deemed too expensive, so officials decided to make the move to Orchard Square. As part of the DOJ directive, the town is also in the process of renovating its office space at the Onatru farmhouse and it will also be making some changes at the Town House. The order from the DOJ requires the work to be finished by Dec. 31.
We want to be able to begin the move (of the police headquarters) by Dec. 1, Parsons said. We want it to be fully operation by Dec. 31.
The cost of leasing the new space will be combined with the towns existing agreement it has with Orchard Square for the justice court and the other town offices. The proposed five-year lease would call for $2,916 initial addition in rent, though Parsons said that number would fluctuate both up and down during the course of the agreement.
Parsons said the move would not only help the town become ADA compliant, but would bring some peace of mind to the shopkeepers in the Orchard Square shopping center.
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