HINSDALE — Plans for a new police station can move forward now that the town has finalized the purchase of a Main Street property.
A house that had been gutted by fire sits on the 8 Main St. lot and will be demolished to make way for a planned 4,500-square-foot station, said police Chief Todd Faulkner.
The property will be joined with two other lots at 10 and 12 Main street, which were donated to the town a few years ago for the new station. Those properties were once home to a mom and pop store that was also gutted by a fire, Faulkner said.
The current police station on River Street is an old, drafty farmhouse ill-suited to modern police work, Faulkner said.
The police department moved there in the early 1980s when it was moved out of the town hall for lack of space.
“They moved in here for what was supposed to be temporary 30 years ago,” Faulkner said. “The structure is very poor … We’ve outgrown it. We’re much larger than we were in the ’80s.”
The 24-hour Hinsdale force now has eight fulltime officers, six part-time officers and two civilian staff members.
As large businesses have moved into this town that borders both Massachusetts and Vermont, calls for service have increased, Faulkner said.
“More traffic results in more calls for service,” he said.