Public Safety Facility Building Committee Could Recommend $5.475 Million Purchase & Sale Agreement Tonight 

By Greg Lane, Hingham Current Staff, October 8, 2020

Aerial view of area / Town of Hingham website

During tonight’s meeting the Public Safety Facility Building Committee will discuss it's recommendation to purchase a site for a new public safety facility building. 

According to the town, the purchase price of $5,475,000 for the property has been agreed by the town and the landowner. According to the town, a real estate appraisal was obtained from Tyburski Appraisel Corporation dated February 3, 2020. The "as if vacant" property value has been appraise at $4,000,000. 

The Town's architectural firm, Kaestle Boos Architects, is also expected to provide a preliminary cost estimate for project development through construction.

On Tuesday night, the Board of Selectmen announced plans to call a "Special Town Meeting" for Saturday, November 21, 2020 to be held outside at the Hingham High School. Hingham voters will be asked to spend approximately $5M.  

The announcement caused some alarm in the community, prompting many questions about the potential risks related to the spread of COVID-19 as well as voter disenfranchisement holding a meeting close to Thanksgiving. 

Current Approval Process Schedule

  • Tuesday 10/8 - KBA draft report due to Building Committee

  • Tuesday 10/13 - KBA presentation to Board of Selectmen, Advisory Committee, and Building Committee (joint session)

  • Thursday 10/15 - BOS Public Info/input Session

  • Thursday 10/15 to Tuesday 10/27 - BOS and Advisory Committee meetings

  • Saturday 11/7 - Warrants in mailboxes

  • Saturday 11/21 - Special Town Meeting outside at Hingham High School 


Public Safety Facility Building Committee Meeting Agenda
October 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Members of the public may access the Zoom meeting directly to provide Public Comment.


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1. Call to order
2. Approval of minutes from October 1, 2020 meeting
3. Update from Kaestle Boos Architects
a. Site Plan and Floor Plan
b. Exterior Architectural Treatments
c. Cost Estimate (Order of Magnitude, Range)
4. Updates on Geotechnical/Environmental/General Field Investigations
5. Updates on any discussions and/or formal communications with abutters, esp. MBTA, Hingham Launch Property LLC aka Samuels and meeting with Selectmen
6. Discussion of Site Feasibility Recommendation
7. Next meeting Scheduled October 13, 2020
8. Adjourn

A slide from the Town of Hingham presentation on Oct. 6, 2020. 

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