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Port Washington police in $2M deal for HQ property

The Port Washington Police District is in contract to buy a 4.75-acre site for $2.5 million in Port Washington North, where it plans to build a new headquarters.

Commissioner Salvatore Zimbardi said the district put a $250,000 down payment on the Channel Drive property, which is currently owned by Publishers Clearing House.

“We’ve outgrown the current building,” Zimbardi said. “We have some officers working in the garage.”

The commissioner said the proposed two-story, 20,000-square-foot building will feature a training facility for officers, at least two holding cells and a large public meeting room.

The 61-member police force has been searching for a new spot for the last 10 years, Zimbardi said. “We have seen a lot of facilities, but for one reason or another it didn’t work out.”

The land is currently home to a 66-car parking lot, which the district plans to keep.

Zimbardi said the contract with Publishers Clearing House needs to pass an environmental review and get the village board’s approval.

The police district will have a meeting on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Schreiber High School where to unveil a conceptual design for the station.

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