The Brimfield Police Department will celebrate the opening of its new station with a ribbon cutting and open house on Dec. 22.
The ribbon cutting will take place at 1 p.m. at the new station, 1287 Tallmadge Road in Brimfield. An open house, including refreshments, tours of the station and a visit by Santa Claus will follow, concluding at 5 p.m.
The building was designed by David Sommers and Associates of Kent, and built by J. Herbert Construction of Salem. Originally budgeted at $1.2 million, the project came in $300,000 under the estimated cost.
Construction was paid for with a low-interest U.S. Department of Agriculture loan. The initial loan was for $1.6 million, but the township returned $250,000 of that to the USDA once the building budget was finalized, according to Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver.
The loan will be repaid using tax proceeds from the Joint Economic Development District agreements the township has with the cities of Kent and Tallmadge. Brimfield gets 1 percent of the income tax money collected from businesses in the JEDD, and that money is divided between the township's fire, police and road departments.
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