Hingham To Vote On Purchasing Land For New Police, Fire Facility

HINGHAM—The Town of Hingham is holding a Special Town Meeting, scheduled to take place on November 21 at 12 p.m. on the Hingham High School football field, to decide whether to authorize buying the three-acre property at 335 Lincoln Street on the harbor side of Route 3A for the proposed police headquarters and satellite fire station.

The project would give both the police headquarters and fire station more space to operate and upgraded facilities and give the senior center an opportunity to expand within the Hingham Town Hall, which currently allocates approximately 10,000 square feet on the first floor to house the police headquarters. According to the town, this move would triple the total space dedicated to senior center activities.

The new satellite fire station would replace the North Street location, with the fire headquarters and South Fire Station remaining where they are. The regional dispatch center would stay at

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Hingham to vote on buying land for combined police and fire facility

“The preliminary design was coming in in a way that I think the board felt hadn’t been fully vetted because we were trying to get it done by the [purchase and sale] deadline,” Town Administrator Thomas Mayo said.

He said the town has until Nov. 30 to buy the property, which abuts the Hingham Shipyard.

The initial design by Kaestle Boos Associates called for an approximately 50,000-square-foot, three-story building and parking garage estimated to cost $39.6 million. The design provided about three times as much space as the existing police headquarters and North Fire Station that the new building would replace.

Opposition to the project surfaced among parents of school-age children, who criticized spending so much money on a new public safety building during the pandemic instead of investing more in the schools.

“I think it is outrageous that this project is even being considered,” said Susan Kiernan O’Horo, a

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