The Lakewood Police Department is currently doing some minor flooring renovations, and planning for a longer-term expansion as well, FAA News has learned.

The Township Committee last month authorized a $36,048.36 contract to Affordable Interior Systems c/o Allstate Office Interiors for flooring renovations including in front of the watch commanders station in the main lobby.

This month, the Township Committee authorized an additional $38,027.31 contract to the same company for flooring renovations for the interior area of the watch commanders station and some areas further in the station.

Township officials have also been planning, over the past few years, for a more major renovation/ expansion project for the Police Department as well as other Township departments.

Most Township offices, including most of the Police Department, are located in the main Municipal Building at 231 3rd Street. The planning, engineering, inspection, code enforcement departments, as well as the Police Department's Office of Professional Standards, are housed at 212 4th Street.

The Township is planning to build a new building near the Public Works complex on America Avenue for the offices that are currently housed at 212 4th Street.

Once the new America Avenue building is complete, the offices which are currently located on the second floor of the main municipal offices building and that involve regular public contact will move to the 4th Street building. As this is a 1-story ground-level building, the move will make it easier for the public to get to these agencies.

Additionally, the second floor of the main municipal offices building will be renovated and the police dispatch offices will be moved upstairs. This will allow for expansion of locker rooms facilities for the female officers which are currently overwhelmed.

Site surveying and engineering for the new building was done last year by NewLines Engineering under a $24,500 contract awarded by the Township Committee.

In September 2020 the township bonded $2,000,000 for the construction of the building.

However, as previously reported here on FAA News, as part of the Township's deal which permitted the developers of Beis Rivka Rochel to demolish the Community Center for an expansion of the Kikar Shabbos retail shopping center, Beis Rivka Rochel is supposed to build the new America Avenue building.

Town officials recently stated that they are waiting on State permits before they can begin construction on America Avenue.

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