Why can’t you build the building with cheaper materials?

The materials proposed are used to keep this building complementary to the Town Office Building and Cary Memorial Building. The intent was not to match them exactly, or to try to make it feel old, but rather to make it fit with the aesthetic of the other two buildings. Given that it is a public safety building, we are using state-of-the-art materials to ensure structural resilience above that of other buildings. These materials comply with the Town's Integrated Building and Construction Policy.

The building has been reviewed by the Historic Districts Commission, Select Board, Permanent Buildings Committee, Sustainable Lexington Committee and Design Advisory Committee. We are continually looking for ways to meet the project's needs as the lowest possible cost.

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1. Why do the police need a building of this size?
2. What is the cause of higher than expected costs?
3. Can you please detail the cost increase to taxpayers with median home value as well as $500K, $2M and $3M increments? Could you also please provide the revised timeline of estimated tax increases?
4. Why can’t you build the building with cheaper materials?
5. Are there spaces in the building that support community needs?
6. What is the de-escalation training room?
7. What is the height of the current Police Station and what is the height of the proposed Police Station?
8. How many floors will the proposed Police Station have?
9. Why does the project include indoor parking?
10. How many cars can be stored inside?
11. Is there infrastructure included for electric vehicle charging stations?
12. Does the project include an indoor firing range?
13. Is the building an all-electric design?
14. Is solar part of the building design?
15. Are there any restrooms that the public will be allowed to use?
16. Does the design include all-gender bathrooms?
17. How many officers is the building designed for?
18. What’s going to happen with the Hosmer House?
19. What is the large metal tower at the rear of the building?
20. What is the purpose of the communication antenna (tower)?
21. Does the communication antenna (tower) have to be located next to the Police Station?
22. While the requirements of the new station follow best practices for police station requirements, it has been asked about other new stations in the Massachusetts area. Their costs? Their size?