The Board of Selectmen, at its March meeting, approved plans for two car ports to shelter police vehicles. The two open structures will be erected on the existing police parking lot on the side of the Center Building that faces Center Road. The police department is housed in the lower level of the building that originally served as the town’s elementary school.
The larger carport, with spaces for 12 vehicles, will be located in the middle of the parking lot, while another, smaller one, will be located closer to the entrance that officers use. The smaller carport has room for four vehicles, said architect Brian Humes when he presented the plans at the selectmen’s meeting. They had to get approvals from the Town Plan and Zoning Commission and a setback variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals.
The two car ports are not dedicated to any assigned users, said Police Chief Frank Cappiello. The fact that there are two separate structures is just a function of maximizing the number of cars on the existing parking area.
Zoning commissioners encouraged them to change the roof from a flat roof – corresponding to the Center Building – to a pitched metal roof, blending with that of the fire station roof across the street. The location of the car ports has not changed, Humes said. The zoning commission had suggested to place the car port against the building, but an existing berm would require extensive construction.
The project will be paid for through a STEAP (Small Town Economic Assistance Program) grant the town received several years ago for improvements at the police station. The grant was extended already once until the end of this calendar year. Humes said the car ports, made of pre-engineered parts, can be up and ready for use by the end of the summer.
There will be some LED lighting under the roof, but no solar panels. The proposed roof offers very little southern exposure and is not conducive to solar panels, Humes said.
Photo: Rendering shows two planned carports behind the Police Department
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent