Athens chooses a company to build a new police station | New
After years of waiting, the preparation of a new building for the Athens Police Department is gaining momentum.
City Council approved a resolution authorizing City Manager Elizabeth Borstad to enter into a deal with Berry and Clay Construction to be the at-risk construction manager for the construction process.
City manager Elizabeth Borstad said 10 companies responded to the call for applications. These three companies were chosen to present proposals.
âI asked a small committee to review Berry and Clay’s proposal,â Borstad said. “We all interviewed Eric Berry and I felt very comfortable with their response and their ability to help us with our police station construction project.”
The company has worked in East Texas since 1977. This year it completed construction of a public safety complex in Jacksonville. Land was laid on the $ 9 million facility in June 2020. The new Jacksonville complex will house both police and firefighters.
Previously, the council had chosen Ron Hobbs Architecture and Interior Design to plan the building. Athens received nine responses to a request for proposals that was part of the project.
Mayor Toni Clay said Hobbs was happy with the choice of Berry and Clay.
âThe architect they work with also expressed his pleasure with the proposal they presented and that is always a good sign. Clay said
The new police station is expected to be approximately 16,000 square feet in size, with a prefabricated frame.
In March, the Athens city council met in a major workshop session. They discussed four possible locations for a police station to replace the current one which was built in 1977. Council members indicated that they would like the DPA to remain at its current location on North Pinkerton Street. The city has 3.21 acres at its current location available for installation.