HIGHLAND | The Town Council is digging closer to groundbreaking on the new police station.
The council has unanimously granted permission to advertise for bids on the project's first phase, which will prepare the ground for the 25,190 square foot building.
"The intent is to prepare the site for the start of construction of the building, which is anticipated to be mid-August," said Scott Cherry, senior vice president of The Skillman Corp. of Merrillville.
Contractor bids will be due on May 22 and Cherry said work should begin around the first week in June.
The building, which will be called the Public Safety Facility, will stand next to Town Hall at the northeast corner of Ridge Road and Cottage Grove Avenue.
Two homes the town bought at that corner will soon be razed, Cherry said.
"We've used the two houses for firefighter training," Fire Chief Bill Timmer said, adding he is grateful the town allowed his department to use them.
The site preparation will include underground infrastructure, a parking lot in the northeast area of the site and installation of a stormwater detention pond, Cherry said.
The next phase will be bidding for the actual construction of the station, Cherry said.
The new facility is expected to open around August or September 2015, he added.