One of the first major components of the new police station study is identifying a possible site for the new building. A site selection sub-committee of the Police Facility Building Committee was established to identify potential sites and narrow the list to preferred sites which would require further evaluation.
The sub-committee began with a list of 16 potential sites located throughout the Town of Bourne. The sub-committee conducted a preliminary review of each of the sites, reviewing several factors including size of the site, usable area, location, and whether the site was already owned by the Town. Comparing these factors, the list of potential sites was narrowed to four:
1. Off Armory Road and the Bypass Road near the armory and Queen Sewell Park
2. The ball fields behind the Bourne Public Library off Cotuit Road
3. The Kempton Coady ballfields off Trowbridge and Cotuit Roads
4. The existing Ocean State Job Lot site at the rotary in Buzzards Bay
The four sites were presented to the full Police Facility Building Committee in April, 2016. At the meeting, the full committee voted to eliminate the Ocean State Job Lot site from consideration as the site is not owned by the Town and, because of its central location, could potentially cost millions of dollars to purchase and would take away valuable commercial real estate from the Town. The remaining three sites were forwarded to the designer Kaestle Boos Associates to conduct further evaluation.
Evaluation of Proposed Sites
Kaestle Boos' Landscape Architect David McKinley has completed an in-depth assessment of each of the possible sites proposed for the new police station. Mr. McKinley reviewed the evaluation criteria developed by the Site Selection Sub-Committee and expanded the criteria to include topography, natural resources and wetlands, proximity to neighbors, access to utilities, available site access, and traffic concerns. Mr. McKinley then visited each site to conduct a detailed evaluation and photograph his findings. A summary of his report is below.
Armory Road Site
The site located off Armory Road is 5.96 acres of park land, wooded areas, and unused basketball and tennis courts adjacent to Queen Sewell Park. There are no buildings on the site. The site consists of a low-lying area where the baseball field resides with a rocky outcropping where the basketball and tennis courts were, creating a 15' elevation change. Abutting land uses include residential areas, the Route 28 Bypass and the Massachusetts National Guard Armory. While the site is located in a Ground Water Protection District and is a high yield aquifer zone, there do not appear to be any wetlands on the site. Based on a visual assessment, there appears to be no environmental concerns. Existing utility services available to the site include municipal water, electric, and gas, but there is no municipal sewer system. Potential vehicular accessibility should be examined from Cranberry Road, Armory Road, and possibly Route 28 which is currently owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Possible community impacts as a result of the project may some loss of park land.
Ball Fields Behind Bourne Public Library
At 6.05 acres, the site off Perry Avenue behind the Bourne Public Library is the largest of the three proposed sites. It is currently used as a baseball field. The flat site does not appear to have any wetland, or environmental concerns, however it is located in a Ground Water Protection District and the Cape Cod Aquifer Zone. Abutting land uses include a residential area, the public library and businesses, a railroad track, and wooded land. Access to the site would only be off of Perry Avenue. Existing utility services available to the site include municipal water, electric, and gas, but there is no municipal sewer system. Possible community impacts as a result of the project would include loss of a community baseball field.
Ball Field Behind Coady School
The site located at the intersection of Trowbridge Road and Cotuit Road behind the Coady School is 4.37 acres, making it the smallest of the three potential sites. It is also currently being used as a baseball field. There are no other buildings on the site, as the Coady School is part of another development project. It is a primarily a flat site, with some minor slopes away from the ballfield, and there does not appear to be any environmental concerns. The site is located in a Ground Water Protection District and the Cape Cod Aquifer Zone. Abutting land uses include a former school, a wooded area, a residential area, and some wetlands. Existing utility services available to the site include municipal water, electric, and gas, but there is no municipal sewer system. Possible community impacts as a result of the project would include loss of a community baseball field.
As the building program was refined, preliminary drawings were created to test how the building would fit on each site. The renderings showed that a building of the recommended size fit on each of the three finalist sites.
The Building Committee considered all of the information including the advantages and disadvantages of each site. As a result, the Committee selected the site off Armory Road and the Bypass Road as the preferred location for the new Bourne Police Headquarters.