CHAD HUNTER • TIMES RECORD The Greenwood Police Department plans to convert this former Post Office overlooking Center Street, seen Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, into a police station.
The Greenwood Police Department is working with the low bidder of a $2 million-plus police station project to reduce costs before renovations begin.
Three Fort Smith companies submitted bids, which were opened Tuesday evening. They came in at $2.15 million, $2.18 million and $2.54 million. Turn Key Construction Management Inc. offered the lowest bid.
“They’ve been awarded the bid,” Police Chief Will Dawson said. “We just have to work on finding some areas to cut costs.”
Voters overwhelmingly approved a quarter-cent tax to fund the police station in December. The city plans to renovate and expand a former Post Office building at 250 Old Hackett Road, which overlooks Center Street. Cost of the property was $318,250.
“The building is in bad shape,” Dawson said. “It was more about the location than the building. I don’t know if you could find a better location. It’s right in the middle of town.”
Renovations include a significant overhaul of the building, Dawson said.
“It’s got to be stripped down to bare bones,” he added. “There’s really not a whole lot to save. Even the parking lot is in pretty bad shape.”
Michael Lejong with design firm MAHG Architecture told the City Council this week that remaining funds for the renovation project are about $2.2 million.
“So that doesn’t leave us much room for contingency in there,” he said.
Dawson said that while the bids came in higher than anticipated, they “weren’t far off.”
“So we’re going to work on areas to hopefully cut some costs and get the price down in a range that we need,” he said. “That’s just so we have money for the things like furniture and equipment we need for our lab.”
Dawson said renovations could begin by the end of the month.
The Greenwood Police Department currently operates out of a 1,200-square-foot space in the back of City Hall.
“Of course, we’re all on top of each other,” Dawson said.