The town this week posted a very specific invitation for tenants interested in leasing the former police station on Route 6A.
The bid posting says the town has determined that military family and veterans support programs would be “consistent with adjacent land uses and…could benefit the community.”
The posting goes on to say that the use of the former police headquarters building would be temporary, and would be used to provide food, clothing and outreach services for needy veterans in Barnstable and Plymouth counties.
Assistant Town Manager Heather B. Harper said Thursday, February 11, that the town had in mind the Cape Cod Military Support Foundation Inc., which has expressed interest in the building, but would be willing to hear other proposals from area military groups.
The Cape Cod military group, currently based at Joint Base Cape Cod, provides programs and services that support area military service members and their families. The group has been using the parking lot of the former police station at 115 Route 6A for food and clothing distribution for several months.
“It’s an opportunity for us to be transparent and to set the terms for the lease agreement,” Ms. Harper said in a telephone interview. “It is open to any interested military group but we won’t all gasp in surprise if the Cape Cod Military Support Foundation responds.”
The police station was closed in 2019 when the rank and file moved into new digs at the public safety complex at the intersection of Quaker Meetinghouse and Cotuit roads.
The bid posting specifies that the successful bidder will provide office space for the fire department chaplain to “provide confidential counseling and outreach services to public safety staff.”
The bid also specified that the town will retain exclusive use of the enclosed impound area for storage of public safety vehicles.
The bid also specifies the need for standard insurance liability coverage including at least $1 million in bodily injury and property damage liability insurance and an umbrella policy of at least $2 million per occurrence.
The town issued a similarly tailored bid posting recently for a BMX track. BMX of Cape Cod, which is also currently based at Joint Base Cape Cod, was the sole—and successful—respondent.