FRAMINGHAM – City of Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky will ask the City Council to purchase a building adjacent to the Memorial Building to be used for city offices and a regional public safety dispatch center.
Mayor Sisitsky wants the legislative branch of the City to approve the purchase of 188 Concord Street, an office building next to the current City Hall in downtown Framingham.
The Mayor said the plan is for a combined Framingham Police & Fire dispatch center, that would be regionalized to also include The Town of Wayland, the Town of Sudbury and the Town of Holliston public safety dispatch.
Built in 1986, the 4-story office building at 188 Concord Street is assessed for $1,689,600 million by the City of Framingham in 2021.
A cost for the purchase has not been made public, but will be discussed in an executive (closed door) session with the 11-member City Council and the Mayor, with his administrative team, on Tuesday, November 15, at 6 p.m.
The Mayor said the additional space at 188 Concord Street will be used to alleviate overcrowding in the Memorial Building for City staff, too.
The 188 Concord Street building has 16,800 square feet and 8 bathrooms.
“There is 4,000 square feet per floor,” said the Mayor.
“We’ll be able to use the rest of the space in the building as swing space ,so we can move departments from out of City Hall, so we can modernize City Hall,” said Mayor Sisitsky. “Because we’ll be buying this office building next door to City Hall, we’ll have space to move offices around while we do the renovation.”
A date for renovations has not been announced, but has been discussed as needed dating back to when Framingham was a Town and not a City.
In April 2020, with the Coronavirus pandemic shutting down many office buildings across the city, the 11-member City Council rejected a deal proposed by then-mayor Yvonne Spicer to purchase 105,000 square-foot Perini building for $12.95 million.
The Mayor hopes to use Community Preservation Act (CPA) money to complete the renovations at the Memorial Building. He said it qualifies for CPA money as a Historic building.
The Mayor said there are a lot of grant money and 9-1-1 money available to create and outfit the regional public safety dispatch center.
As part of this plan, the City is also proposing building a parking garage between Police headquarters and the Memorial Building.
The City has applied for some state funding.
The Mayor said the parking garage would also be a plus for the regional justice center proposed for the former Danforth Building.