Maria Linzie, project coordinator for TCD, talks Friday about how construction is progressing at the new police station in Hayden. The 5,500-square-foot building on Hawthorne Street is expected to be completed by summer.

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Maria Linzie, project coordinator for TCD, talks Friday about how construction is progressing at the new police station in Hayden. The 5,500-square-foot building on Hawthorne Street is expected to be completed by summer.

Police station's frame nearly complete

Hayden building expected to be 'dried in' by Friday

— Hayden's new police station is rising from the dirt, its frame nearly finished after the first few months of construction.

General contractor TCD expects the building to be nearly "dried in" by Friday, meaning the roof will be on and doors and windows might be in place, project coordinator Maria Linzie said. Construction has gone smoothly on the $2.3 million building, she said, which is expected to be completed by summer.

The 5,500-square-foot building sits on about 2.3 acres on Hawthorne Street in eastern Hayden. When the station is ready, the Hayden Police Department will move there from its quarters in Town Hall. The new building includes an intoxilizer room - for intoxication testing - an evidence room, locker rooms and offices for detectives and Police Chief Ray Birch.

"There's a lot of cool features in this building," Linzie said. "Sgt. (Gordon) Booco can hardly help himself. He's always coming by."

Contractors expect to start getting the building roughed in, which means adding electrical and plumbing elements, in two weeks, Linzie said.

Hayden Town Manager Russ Martin said the building's opening date could depend on weather.

"If it's an early spring, that'll be nice. We'll get in it sooner than later," he said.

If not, he said, the building is likely to be ready in May. Linzie was more cautious with her estimate, saying TCD planned on June. The contractors might lose some days because of weather, she said, adding that she didn't expect that to be an issue.

Throughout the planning process, Martin has stressed that the new station is meant to allow for a growing Hayden Police Department.

"When you look at all the things in there and all the space that's needed for that, it does seem large, but I think that's going to anticipate some growth for the community," he said.

Linzie said she expected construction to continue at a solid pace.

"There have been very few problems to date," she said. "Really, the town has been great to work with in making decisions when they need to be made. We've had a smooth undertaking so far."

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