HIGHLAND | The Town Council has scheduled a public hearing for March 24 on a lease proposed for a new police station slated for construction later this year.
The hearing is set for 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
The council recently created the Highland Public Building Corp. to handle financing for the project.
"The town will, of course, lease the land from the building corporation," Town Attorney Rhett Tauber said, adding this is how the associated bond will be paid off.
The corporation already has approved the 22-year lease plan.
After the hearing, the council can proceed with the plan, Tauber said.
The schematic design phase for the building and the site has been completed by Wilson Estes Police Architects, of Kansas City, Mo., said Scott Cherry, senior vice president of The Skillman Corp. in Merrillville.
The next step is called the 50 percent design, in which more detail is given, including square footage and prices, he said.
Cherry said bids for preparing the site, including the paving and utilities, will start around mid-April with groundbreaking expected in late May.
Another round of bids to build the police station will take place, and construction is expected to start by the end of July, Cherry said.
The new station, to be completed by July 2015, will face Ridge Road at the northeast corner of Ridge and Cottage Grove Avenue, adjacent to Town Hall.
The council also recommended that various filing fees associated with the project be waived by the town.