The new regional dispatch center is making progress.
Crews recently laid out the foundation for the 6,500-square-foot, single-story building in Tewksbury that will stand next to the Department of Public Works building on Whipple Road.
Once built, the center will house dispatch crews for both Tewksbury and Dracut.
The cost to construct the building is estimated at $4.35 million, not including the equipment that will be used at the center. The state will cover both costs, according to Tewksbury Town Manager Richard Montuori.
“We felt going to regional dispatch would provide better quality service for residents,” Montuori said.
According to Montuori, the regional center will mean state-of-the-art facilities and more dispatchers on hand to help during emergencies. It will also offer dispatchers more opportunity for growth.
There is room for other towns to join the center if interested.
When initially discussing the project, Tewksbury had reached out to Billerica and Chelmsford to see if they would want to join the center, but the towns declined.
As the center gets further along, interest from other communities could rise, though Montuori said he will not be reaching out in a formal capacity. He noted that there is plenty of opportunity for discussion between the communities’ police chiefs.
The hope is to have the center up and running by March, Montuori said.
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