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Rotterdam eyes costs of turning old Grand Union into public safety facility

The Rotterdam Town Board voted unanimously to begin negotiations on the Grand Union renovation project after several board members urged the amendment of the agenda to allow them to do so.

The project proposes renovating the existing Grand Union building at 2696 Hamburg St. and transforming it into a new town police and court facility.

Why do we have to wait till the [June 22 meeting]? asked Councilwoman Nicola DiLeva at the meeting on Wednesday, June 8. "We all know the police department is falling down, and we're putting a ton of money into it. I would like to see it passed tonight so at least we'll be able to go into negotiation to see how much they'll want for the building."

Once several members of the board said they would like to move forward with the process, the agenda was amended to include a new resolution.

Daniel J. DeGennaro, an associate of Clough Harbour and Associates, said the size of the building provided two options for the board to consider.

The first was from a study done in 2009 that identified an operating budget of $9.6 million. It would include renovation of the entire area with site redevelopment, equipment and furnishings allowance and an architectural and engineering fee budget. It would also include a 5,000-square-foot storage facility that would be constructed as a separate building.

The second option would cost $8 million and would only include 28,518 square feet of the Grand Union building and would build the 5,000-square-foot storage facility inside the former store.

DeGennaro said that portion of the project was included as an option for the board if the funding allows it. He added that it was included in the estimates.

Deputy Supervisor Robert Godlewski said there has been a lot of compromise between the judges and the police department regarding the shared space in the facility.

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