Police, fire buildings need repairs, firm says

Police, fire buildings need repairs, firm says

Two of the city's most integral buildings, housing police and fire personnel, do not serve the needs of those departments, according to architectural firm GuernseyTingle.

Both buildings — police headquarters at 425 Armistead Ave., and the fire station at 440 N. Boundary St. — were built in the 1970s. The City Council is trying to decide whether to renovate the existing buildings or build anew.

Even though both departments are housed in substandard buildings, constructing a combined-use facility for them would be too costly, according to the James City County-based firm. The estimate said establishing a common building for police and fire could cost an extra $4...