Department of Public Works Maintenance Facilities
Long the unloved stepchild among public properties, the garage and shed complex at No. 24 burst into the headlines as the possible site of a new police headquarters to replace the aging station house on Shank Painter Road, which was originally a funeral home. The architects of the new facility were Kaestle Boos Associates of Foxborough, which specializes in police buildings. But the project was ensnared in controversy because of concerns about its possible cost and because it would put the Police Department on the other side of Route 6 from the town, creating a logistical and a psychological barrier that critics said would damage relations between the force and the citizenry.
With political pressure mounting and questions unanswered, the selectmen decided to remove the matter from the warrant for the April 2013 Town Meeting. (Jody O’Neil, “Provincetown Police Station Proposal Pulled From Spring Warrant,” The Provincetown Banner/Wicked Local, 1 March 2013.) Meanwhile, however, the town’s public works director still hoped to improve conditions at the site with a new 14,000-square-foot structure. (Ann Wood, “Provincetown D.P.W. Pushes for New Building,” The Provincetown Banner/Wicked Local, 22 June 2013.) • Map • Assessor’s Online Database PDF ¶ Posted 2013-08-11