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Francestown police station renovations nearing completion

  • Francestown Town Administrator Jamie Pike shows off the renovations that are currently taking place at the town’s police station.  Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Francestown Police Station is currently undergoing interior renovations, which will expand the station to the entire bottom floor of the Town Hall Annex. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Francestown Police Station is currently undergoing interior renovations, which will expand the station to the entire bottom floor of the Town Hall Annex. Staff photo by Ben Conant



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 1:20PM

The Francestown Police Station renovations are expected to be completed by August 1. 

Town Administrator Jamie Pike said Monday that the entire first floor of the town hall annex is currently being renovated to better accommodate the needs of the police department. 

“The department previously had two rooms, about 500-square feet of usable space,” Pike said. “Now they will have the whole first floor, about 1,600-square feet.”

Renovations began in April and were funded by a $125,000 warrant article approved by voters in 2018. 

Planning for the renovations began in December 2016 and the architecture and design work was completed in 2017. 

Pike said renovations include creating a new public entrance lobby, space for a reception desk, a chief’s office, and two soundproofed interview rooms.

Renovations also include replacing an old oil burner with a propane one and insulation for the building. A three season HVAC system is also being installed. 

“It will save on heating costs,” Pike said. 

In the meantime the department has been running out of a conference room in the town hall. 

“It’s not ideal, but it works for now,” Pike said. “Things are coming together quickly.”

The Town Hall Annex is located at 15 New Boston Road. The police department had been sharing the building with the Francestown Improvement and Historical Society. Pike said the renovations and expansion were possible after the Society moved out of the building last fall and moved into the Society’s new headquarters in the Beehive building, a historical building recently renovated by the Society and had originally been the Francestown Academy dormitory.

The Francestown Improvement and Historical Society previously rented most of the first floor and all of the second floor. 

The police department is set to occupy the entire building at least for now, Pike said.

The second floor will be used as a space for the department to conduct department-related training. 

The town has yet to schedule an open house, Pike said, but there will likely be one sometime next month. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.