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Harford County

Bel Air breaks ground on $11M town hall and police station expansion and renovation

Bel Air held a groundbreaking Thursday for the long-awaited expansion of its town hall and police headquarters.

Officials from the Board of Town Commissioners, police department and Harford County Council, along with community leaders, gathered for the groundbreaking adjacent to the current town hall on Hickory Avenue.

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“Bel Air has always prided itself on excellent service to its citizens,” said Bel Air Mayor Kevin M. Bianca. “This new town hall-police station expansion will give our staff the updated workstations they need and allow us to better serve our citizens through increased accessibility and more community space.”

The planned 11,000-square-foot building will include a new community room and an expanded evidence room for the police department, among other additions. Construction is expected to take approximately 18 months.

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“This is a long time coming, but we are so grateful for the support of our community that helped us reach this day. This facility, and the improvement that it will bring, will help us to better serve the Town of Bel Air,” Bel Air Police Chief Charles Moore said.

Bel Air commissioners have considered building a new town hall and police station for more than a decade. The final approval for this plan was given by the town commissioners Nov. 15.

The project is estimated to cost $11 million, primarily funded by a 4 cent, personal property tax increase passed through a budget amendment in May. The increase took effect July 1.

The town will use some of the American Rescue Plan Act funding it recently received but is still navigating the process of how much will be used since the legislation is very specific about how it can be spent, according to Patti Parker, town spokesperson.

The current structure was built in 1964 and has undergone two minor renovations that did not expand the building’s footprint.

“I am looking forward to the future and how we can better serve our citizens in the decades to come,” Bianca said.


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