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Tonawanda Town Court, police complex gets $1.5 million upgrade

The Town of Tonawanda is planning up to $1.5 million in improvements to its nearly 50-year-old police headquarters and town court complex.

The department hasn't outgrown the building at 1835 Sheridan Drive but portions need renovations and improved access for people with disabilities, Police Chief Jerome C. Uschold III said.

The planned work includes adding an elevator on the west end of the building where the Town Court is located; installing Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant ramps and wheelchair lifts to the front entrance; replacing windows; expanding the women's locker room; remodeling the detectives' offices, including the juvenile and criminal investigation bureaus; and upgrading plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning and security systems, according to Uschold and a town document.

The Town Board recently voted to borrow $1.5 million, a figure that includes the cost of construction, engineering and asbestos removal.

Construction could start this summer and mostly wrap up by December, Uschold said. The Town Court and Police Department will remain open during construction.


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