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State police to begin barracks construction soon

An architectural rendering of what the new police barracks located on Main Street in the city of Dunkirk will look like.

The New York State Police will have a new facility to call home in the city of Dunkirk.

At the Dunkirk Planning Board meeting Wednesday the architectural firm working with Troop A gave a courtesy presentation of the new barracks being built on Main Street in the coming year.

The roughly 5,000-square-foot facility will be able to house about 25 members in a more state-of-the-art barracks.

“The other building is dated and is starting to show its age,” Harold Litardo, administration captain for the NYS Police told the OBSERVER. “This one will be bigger with newer technology.”

Current barracks are located on Route 60 in Fredonia.

The 11-acre parcel being used belonged to the state and was transferred to the state police in 2018. An archeology study as well as a wetlands assessment was completed with no concerns.

The single story, brick veneer construction will feature parking for 25 vehicles and two flag poles.

“Operations won’t be changing much,” Litardo said. “We will continue to provide services to the surrounding areas with no issue.”

“The new location is not located that far from our existing building,” Capt. Eric Balon of the state police added. “The design, however, will be better suited to our needs. The floor plan is better with a more secure holding room.”

The facility will take approximately one year to construct with a spring start hopefully in 2021. There is talks with the additional land of possibly having more local training exercises, but Balon did mention that he is looking to organize an out building at least to house the various watercraft that the police have.

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