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Facility talks begin anew

BBL, which is also the contractor of the Federal Court House on Eagle Street in Albany, put an initial price tag on the new building at around $17 million, said Kim. The company also made first-glance estimates on improvements to City Hall at $18.7 million.

Kim noted that the cost to rehab City Hall only accounted for the bricks and mortar and doesn't take into account disruptions to city government.

"I'm a little concerned about the numbers, but I'm willing to go through with the process. In the end I want to feel comfortable going to the City Council and saying, 'I did my best,'" Kim said.

Both Kim and Scirocco agreed that the need to relocate the police force won't go away, regardless of what the design comes back as or what additional costs the city could incur.

Kim said that what is at the heart of the debate is that no one wants to spend the money, but if the city waits, those cost will only go up.

For now, the city will fork over another near $30,000 for committee consultants as it did in 2003 and again in 2006 with the Public Safety Capital Construction Committee.

"It's time to do what they need to do there," said Scirocco. ""

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