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Dedham proposed Rustcraft building will not contain DPW

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  April 26, 2013 11:02 AM

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Plans for a combined municipal facility at 100-150 Rustcraft Rd. will not include the Department of Public Works, as previously hoped, according to Dedham selectmen.

“[The DPW is] too big to put into Rustcraft, since they need such a big yard,” said selectman Carmen Dello Iacono, who has been the chief proponent of the combined facility.

Plans call for the building to contain a senior center, police station, and town hall, along with assorted other town uses.

The building, which contains about 200,000 square feet of space, was by the Davis Cos. in a February auction. Selectmen have been working with that company since then to see whether a lease or sale agreement can be reached.

The town has been exploring sites to place a police station and a senior center, both deemed urgent needs by the town’s administration.

But the plan to include the DPW has been dropped, Dello Iacono said Friday.

Instead, Department of Parks and Recreation garage and storage buildings currently sharing the River Street property with the Department of Public Works may be moved to Rustcraft. That would allow the Department of Public Works to use those vacated buildings, Dello Iacono said.

“That would put the DPW in a position where the would improve the facility they are in and saves money for the town,” Dello Iacono said.

Dello Iacono added there would be soundproofing between the garage facility and the senior center and other components of the combined facility.

At a selectmen meeting Thursday, Dello Iacono and Selectman Michael Butler gave presentations on the ongoing status of the Rustcraft project and the associated town needs reports.

Butler said architects would be looking to incorporate a 16,000-square-foot senior center, a 35,000-square-foot town hall facility, and a 20,000- or 27,000-square-foot police station into the Rustcraft facility.

That is about twice the size of the current town hall, allowing for more meeting space, which is inadequate in the current building, Butler said. The current Town Hall was constructed more than 50 years ago, and the codes for room sizes in public buildings have changed, he added.

An architect’s rendering of the space with two options will be prepared by the end of May, along with recommendations on uses for the current Town Hall and police station building, which would be vacated, he said.

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