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Groundbreaking planned for July

ANTRIM — Groundbreaking for a new police station set to be built on Main Street in Antrim is scheduled for July 22, while contract negotiations between the town and Bread Loaf Corporation for the final stage of the project are nearing a close.

Police Chief Scott Lester said in a phone interview Monday that everything except for the signing of the contract is in the hands of Bread Loaf at this time. Phase one of this two-part project included developing architecture plans and holding a public bond hearing. Phase two deals largely with contract finalization and construction.

Bread Loaf Vice President Michael McLaughlin said in a phone interview Monday that right now the contract between the company and the town is being reviewed by Antrim Town Administrator Galen Stearns and members of the Select Board. Once the final contract for the police station is signed, McLaughlin said the project can move forward.

“Once it’s signed, we’ll get the subcontractors on site and we’ll get going [on the construction],” McLaughlin said. We’re excited to get going on the project.”

Lester said he is in charge of figuring out what type of furniture and equipment will outfit the new police station, which will be built on town-owned land in front of the Antrim Post Office. He said he is meeting with some companies that will furnish the police station.

Lester said he’s also been going around town to speak with local business owners to see if they could contribute products or labor to the new station . Companies in Antrim that Lester has reached out to include Cutter Flooring and Furnishings, Edmund’s Hardware, Antrim Lumber Company and S.R. Jones Excavation.

“I strongly encourage Bread Loaf to use as much local resources as possible,” Lester said. “Bread Loaf is obligated to meet the cost of the budget, but I hope they reach out to them.”

A new police station was approved at Town Meeting in March by a 173 to 40 voting margin for a maximum cost of $1.675 million .

McLaughlin said the request for proposals process has already been completed. He said that Lester did touch base with him regarding local companies providing work, and by now those decisions have been made.

“We have considered [local companies],” McLaughlin said, but couldn’t comment on whether any of them were contracted by Bread Loaf for work.

Determining if the final price of the new station will come in under the allotted $1.675 million is now in the hands of the town , McLaughlin said. Stearns did not return a message left or multiple messages left Monday by press time.

“We’re chomping at the bit here and ready to get going,” said Chris Huston, the project’s lead architect for Bread Loaf, in an interview Monday.

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