Council to host police station work session

Homer residents have another chance to weigh in on the city’s progression toward a new police station.

The Homer City Council voted in August to have Stantec Architecture work with Police Chief Mark Robl and Public Works Director Carey Meyer to create a 10 percent concept design for a $6 million police station at Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue, known as the Waddell property. The preliminary design is complete and was included in City Manager Katie Koester’s report to the council at its Oct. 30 meeting, though it includes preliminary designs for a $6 million facility as well as a two-story building that would cost $8 million, both at the Waddell site.

The council will hold a worksession to discuss the preliminary designs at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27 at City Hall.

The council had also ruled out one of the other options presented for a new building — a $9 million project that would have reworked the HERC building.

The single story police station option would be 9,500 square feet and would cost about $6.4 million including construction, furnishings, accessory buildings, and other expenses. The two-story building option would be 12,300 square feet, according to the design, and would cost just over $8.1 million.

According to a memo from Meyer to Koester, there is still $12,000 left in the budget for the concept designs to incorporate both council comments and public comments.