The Homer Education and Recreational Complex, known as the HERC, may be replaced with a new $15.3 million public safety facility.
Last Monday, Homer City Council discussed the possibility of turning the site into a fire hall, police station, and jail. The project is now the city’s second highest capital project priority. The Council will ask the state for $1.5 million for site design.
The aging building has been a concern for the Council. City Clerk Jo Johnson explains…
Johnson: “I understand there are a number of engineering problems, including asbestos, within the building. It was built in the 50’s, I believe.”
Demolition and clean up of the site is estimated to cost $450,000, with about half that cost dedicated to asbestos and lead paint removal.