NORTH HAVEN — The timeline for completing renovations and a 10,000-square-foot addition to the police station has been extended by at least two months.
“Essentially, we have been pushed back from an anticipated completion date of late February 2019 to late April or early May,” Police Chief Tom McLoughlin said in an email.
McLoughlin said the work has fallen behind because of a delay in the delivery of steel needed for the new west wing. He said that delivery is now expected by the end of the month.
The completion date may be pushed again if “we have a tough winter,” McLoughlin said. Downes Construction Co. project manager Brad Percival said the delay is also due to unforeseen obstacles on-site.
Construction on the Linsley Avenue station started early this year, with a formal groundbreaking held in March.
The $18 million renovation is expected to add 40 years to the 53-year-old building’s life. The project includes a 10,000-square-foot addition on the building’s west side for new sally ports, lockup and garage.
Percival said the building’s interior mechanical work, interior framing and underground utilities are ongoing. He said once the steel arrives, they will begin putting it up and then work on exterior framing.
Other work yet to be started includes masonry, new windows and a new roof.
McLoughlin said he is not concerned about the delays leading to additional costs because a guaranteed maximum price was secured with the construction management company.
“I’m more concerned with the daily disruption of our organization and the longer term effects of having the department be decentralized,” McLoughlin said.
Police operations, including dispatch and records, have been relocated to the Town Hall Annex basement, at 5 Linsley St., for the time being.