by Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Renovations are underway, and soon the Mint Hill Police Department will move across the street into their new station in the old town hall.

Work began in March at the old town hall, 7151 Matthews Mint Hill Road, by Charlotte-based general contractors Edifice Inc., who is handling the renovation.

Mint Hill has worked with Edifice before, as they led the project to build the new town hall.

At the March 14 Board of Commissioners meeting, the board adopted the capital projects ordinance for the police department renovation, which appropriated funds for the project totaling $2,043,036.

The ordinance sets aside the most, $1,758,036, for general construction, with smaller amounts for contingencies, design, furnishings, and moving costs.

“No. Hopefully less,” said Town Manager Brian Welch, when asked if he thought the town would spend more than the allotted monies. “That ($2,043,036) contains some contingencies and some estimates for furniture and the like, so I fully anticipate to bring it in a little under that.”

The town also requires that the project have a “verifiable percentage goal of 10% for participation by minority businesses,” due to a statute passed by the town in 2011.

Edifice is already considering bids from businesses, and their plan to help encourage minority participation was approved by the Mint Hill Board of Commissioners at the March 14 meeting.

The building that currently houses the police department is leased by the town, and the town will have no vested interest in it after moving to the new location.

Renovations to the old town hall call for a number of new features, including parking spaces in the front, closing in the breezeway, changing the Town of Mint Hill sign, and changing the old commissioners’ meeting room into a conference space.

According to Welch, construction is planned to take about six months, and hopefully MHPD will be moving in to their new facility by August or September.