Rockland planners set hearing for $900,000 Knox County public safety expansion

Posted May 02, 2012, at 6:47 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing for Tuesday, June 5, on a $900,000 expansion of the Knox County public safety complex.

The planners Tuesday night reviewed the application filed by the county and found it to be complete. The board will tour the property at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 8.

A vote could come on June 5 after the public hearing.

The county in January purchased the property at 301 Park St. in Rockland for $500,000 from Richard Anderson of RMA Properties LLC. The 8,300-square-foot building is adjacent to the Knox County Jail complex.

Knox County voters agreed at a November referendum to have the county borrow up to $2.5 million for the purchase, expansion and renovations to the building as well as the purchase of additional communication equipment.

Plans for the 301 Park St. building call for a 2,000-square-foot addition to the rear of the building. The county also will construct a road that leads from that building to the jail building. The parking lot will be improved and considerable landscaping is planned for the front of 301 Park St.

The county plans to relocate the sheriff’s patrol and the communications department, now located at the jail, to the adjacent 301 Park St. building. In addition, the emergency management agency offices, now at the Knox County Courthouse, also will be moved to 301 Park St.

The project is expected to take six months to complete from when the city grants approval.

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