A new police facility in Whitby took a giant step forward today as local dignitaries broke ground for the $6.7 million structure.
Police Services Board Chair Bob Boychyn and Police Chief Kevin McAlpine joined Regional Chair Roger Anderson, Whitby Mayor Marcel Brunelle and other officials in the brief ceremony at the northwest corner of Taunton Road and Anderson Street.
The 17.6-acre site will also feature a new $3.3 million Whitby EMS station. The combined investment, including land costs, the construction of the two buildings, engineering costs and furnishings, totals $16.6 million.
“This is certainly a day we have been waiting for,” said Police Services Board Chair Bob Boychyn, “Our officers have been performing their duties in very trying conditions for far too long in Whitby and this new facility certainly alleviates that situation and gives us room to grow.”
The police facility, fronting on Taunton Road, will be paid for entirely from OMERS contribution reserves and the police portion of development charges. The ambulance station will be directly north of the police building and will have access via Anderson Street. Durham Regional Police also have plans for a storage warehouse on the northwest corner of the property in its second phase of construction.
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