Friday, January 28, 2011
Town Council subcommittee looking at moving planning, zoning departments into the building and creating an annex.
The old Police Station could become a Town Hall annex for Watertown’s town departments, but which departments need the space most, and which make sense are the big questions facing the Economic Development and Planning Committee. The group met Tuesday to discuss what they want to do with the building, which sits down Main Street a block and behind the Central Fire Station. At a previous meeting, the Town Councilors who make up the committee – Steve Corbett, Susan Falkoff and John Donohue – generally agreed they would like to keep the building for town use, rather than selling or leasing it. In a survey of the heads of town departments, eight said they do not have enough space, while three had enough, said Steve Magoon, director of …
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Plans for redeveloping the former Browne School playground did not go over well with residents last night.
A large group of residents turned out to see the plans for the park behind the new Police Station Wednesday night, and they did not like what they saw. The meeting, at the police station community room, was the second hosted by the Watertown Department of Recreation. It followed a meeting last month when consultants from Camp, Dresser, & McKee gathered input from residents about what they would like to see done with the former Browne School playground. Two plans were presented. In both, the tee-ball field located at the bottom of the field will be moved up, and 12 angled parking spaces with a two-or three-foot retaining wall will be created. The general consensus among residents was that angled parking, if placed on Acton Street, will be …
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The Police Department invited the public to take a peek inside the new Police Station in October.
The new Police Station features a firing range, more interview rooms, additional detention cells and more. See the highlights of the station dedication.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
The Police Department's move to its new home freed up some coveted parking spaces in Watertown Square. What will happen to those?
With the migration of the police station west along Main Street in September, prized Watertown Square parking spaces have opened up and town officials have some ideas for what to do with the spots. Some say the spaces should be reserved for firefighters at the nearby fire headquarters; others say the spaces should be for any town employee. Another option is to turn them into general parking. The parking in question falls into three areas: The spots in the library lot are particularly prized. Town Manager Michael Driscoll wants to keep the spaces for town employees, so residents can use spaces closer to Town Hall and the Watertown Free Public Library. "If a senior or young mother with children comes to the library, they can park close to …
The Watertown Police Department welcomed the town to their new home.
Police Chief Edward Deveau always wanted the Watertown Police to have an address on Main Street. Now he's got it. After years of work – both politically and actual construction – the force this month unveiled its brand-new facility on the town's main drag with a ceremony at an open house on Oct. 7. That's when residents got to check out the spiffy new station. The new digs are nearly three times as large as the old place on John "Sonny" Whooley Way, and has facilities that the old one did not have or replaces those that were out-of-date, including interview rooms, a firing range and a community room. Efforts for a new station have been underway for years. Town Manager Michael Driscoll said he was approached by people lobbying for a new …