Is solar part of the building design?

This building will be built solar-ready. This means the infrastructure to add solar and battery backup systems can easily be added to the building when a project is approved. The facility design will include underground conduit, duct banks, hand holes, a separate room for all the electrical equipment, two switch gears, two transformers, and concrete pads for the equipment to be placed.

The plan is to start the construction of the new Police Station and work on the solar design with all of the relevant committees, including Historic Districts Commission, the Permanent Buildings Committee, Sustainable Lexington Committee and the Select Board. When the design is complete and all committees are in agreement, a separate Town Meeting article will be brought forward to town meeting (anticipating for fall of 2022) for approval.

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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?