ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland Planning Board gave its approval Tuesday night to a $900,000 expansion of the Knox County Public Safety complex.
Construction and renovations are expected to take six months to complete.
The county received approval to make renovations to the 8,300-square-foot building, located at 301 Park St. adjacent to the sheriff’s complex, and to construct a 2,000-square-foot addition to the structure. The county bought the building, which had last been home to Village Soup, in January for $500,000.
The county will build a road that leads from the existing jail building to 301 Park St. There also will be improvements to the parking lot and landscaping.
The sheriff’s patrol and the Knox County Regional Communications Center will move to the 301 Park St. site from their offices in the existing jail building. In addition, the emergency management agency offices, now in the basement of the Knox County Courthouse in downtown Rockland, will move to 301 Park St.
Knox County voters agreed at a November referendum to allow the county to borrow up to $2.5 million to buy, renovate and expand the building and to purchase and install additional communication equipment.
Knox County has considered ways to expand the public safety complex, built in 1991, since 2007. The county had looked at other options including the possibility of purchasing the building on Old County Road where the Bureau of Motor Vehicles is located. The county also had considered building on to the existing jail complex.