The proposed cost and size of a new North Smithfield police station is outrageous. At 22,214 square feet it would be larger than Woonsocket’s which has a police force three times larger. With a department of approximately 30 people each would have 740 square feet of workspace – the size of a large one-bedroom apartment.

Considering that there are three shifts, and most officers are on patrol, there is probably no more than 10 people occupying the building at any point in time. That works out to 2,214 square feet per person, the size of a three-bedroom house.

Albeit it is a commercial building that would be built with union labor, it has an estimated cost of $823 per square foot compared to about $200 per square foot to build a house. I agree that there is a need for a new police station that will accommodate the needs of the town well into the future, but taxpayers should not be paying for a Taj Mahal.

John Carroll


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Amen you are spot on. But when certain politicians have a personal agenda this is what you get. Just remember who not to vote for next elections.

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