Deputy Safety Commissioner Frank Dudla said the cost of the facility would be dependent on a number of variables.
It's going to depend on acquisition, No. 1, he said. "If we decide on a property we don't own, obviously there will have to be negotiation."
Marren recommended two sites for the EMS facility, one on the site of a public parking lot on High Rock Avenue and another on Woodlawn, both currently owned by the city.
A few residents in attendance asked why the city would take parking spots when parking is the predominant issue for residents and tourists.
The east side facility would cost about $4.3 million in 2008, but estimated construction costs are expected to rise 9 percent per year.
At a recent City Council meeting, Commissioner of Public Works Thomas McTygue questioned the facilities' cost. He said a study has not been done to examine the ongoing operating costs of both buildings.
Renovating the existing facilities in City Hall was estimated to cost $18.7 million. The Public Safety Capital Construction Committee, of which Marren is a member, dismissed the idea because space in the 130-year-old building would not allow for a modern police and court facility.
Kim cited state mandates that regulate the size of holding areas, courtrooms and judicial chambers.
"There's simply not enough room in this building to house a modern police station or a modern courts facility," he said.
The public safety committee will look at the recommendations and get more public input before any plan is executed, officials said.""