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SARATOGA SPRINGS: Quotes arrive for safety facilities

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.""

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