Streetsboro station on schedule

By Jen Hirt Record-Courier staff writer Published:

STREETSBORO _ Despite strong southerly winds knocking down a partially constructed northwest wall of the new police station, construction remains on schedule for the $2.6 million building.

City Engineer Bill Rudlowsky said the 30-foot long wall was blown down by winds March 28 at the S.R. 303 site, but has since been repaired.

Crews from Mantua's Hummel Construction, the firm contracted to build the station, had braced the partially construction wall in anticipation of the usual northwest winds.

But rare gusty gales from the south blew the wall outward. No other part of the building was damaged, Rudlowsky said. When workers returned last Monday, they erected the wall minus an upper portion, which will be added later when more support is available.

Eric Hummel, from Hummel Construction, declined to comment on the wind mishap and any of the details regarding the building's construction.

Minor problems aside, the construction of the $2.6 million station has stayed "very close" to remaining within the budget, Rudlowsky said.

Groundbreaking took place in October, and city officials hope to open the building by November.

Falkenberg Excavating has completed the initial site work on the project. The asphalt parking lot has been laid, and all utility lines have been run. The basement walls have been built, and the first floor was poured by Seven Hills Cement, Rudlowsky said.

This week, the framework of the interior walls was started, and Benner Masonry began laying beige "accent brick" along the back walls, which will face the proposed park area. Community Electric and Kline and Kavali Plumbing are on the schedule to lend their services.

The building, located on S.R. 303, is slated to have two stories with a total of 2300 square feet. The old police station, just east of the new station, now houses 20 officers and six dispatchers.

"It's terrible," said dispatcher Mickey Fair, who has been with the department for five years. "We're on top of each other here. People have to share desks. We're absolutely excited about the new building."

Mayor Sally Henzel said she was "satisfied" with the progress, acknowledging that last week's wind "hampered" construction. She said no plans had been made over what to do with the current police station, which is close to 100 years old.

"It's one of the original farmhouses in this area, and it's very much in need of repair, she said. "That aluminum siding is hiding a lot."

Henzel said the current station may have to be torn down.

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