Kitty Hawk approves A.H. Chesson to build new police station

By on April 17, 2024

A rendering of the planned new Kitty Hawk Police Station.

By Kip Tabb | Outer Banks Voice

By a unanimous 5-0 vote at its April 16 meeting, the Kitty Hawk Town Council accepted the $3.54 million bid from A.R. Chesson to construct a new police station in what was the Sentara property next to the Aycock Brown Welcome Center. The property was purchased in February of 2022 for $4.1 million.

The bid, according to Town Manager Melody Clapton, was the lowest of three bids the town received and had the least number of days needed for completion of the project.

“An estimated time for construction was 270 days, and this bid includes 1,140 square feet [interior renovation] and 940 square feet…which was the lobby area and also a diesel generator to supply [emergency] power,” she said.

The current Kitty Hawk Police Station is located on Kitty Hawk Road in an area subject to flooding. Built in 1961, according to Dare County GIS records, it was at one time the Kitty Hawk Post Office.

When the Sentara building was purchased in 2022, the Voice was told the estimated cost of renovation was $1.2 million. A town official, speaking on background, indicated that figure was estimated without input from design or construction companies.

Clopton told the Town Council that there was an additional $550,000 in interior costs for “furnishings, equipment…special agent inspections, IT communications and security cabling.”

However, even with a $7.8 million price tag that includes $165,000 for the demolition of the north end of the building, as well as the purchase of the building and all construction costs, the total cost of the project is still considerably less than the estimated $14 million the town would have spent to build a new police station on property they owned on Bennet Street and US 158.

The acceptance of the bid is the beginning of the contracting process and as Clopton explained told the Town Council at the meeting, “We can’t talk with A.R. Chesson until you give us the approval to move forward.”

There is $3.6 million in an account earmarked for construction of the police station. That will cover the construction contract, but it will leave a shortfall of approximately $500,000 for interior costs. According to Clopton, the town currently has $3.7 million in its fund balance and pending Town Council approval, the money for interior work will be transferred to the construction account.

“We’ll probably make a budget amendment to add to [the construction] fund,” Clopton explained. “If money is moved from the fund balance, council has to approve that.”


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  • surf123

    “When the Sentara building was purchased in 2022, the Voice was told the estimated cost of renovation was $1.2 million. A town official, speaking on background, indicated that figure was estimated without input from design or construction companies.”…so in other words the town official has no clue about construction costs and should not volunteer any information related to construction costs. This is a lie at the same level as the the Don’s Trump Tower apartment being 30,000sf.

    Wednesday, Apr 17 @ 9:30 pm
  • Jay

    This corner is a high visibility location. Install a set of stockades along with a billboard reminding visitors that even though they are on vacation the rules still apply to them.
    I doubt the Tourism Board would welcome this display.

    Friday, Apr 19 @ 7:35 am
  • Mike Williams

    I see TDS is something you suffer from still. To compare the kitty hawk police department to Don Jr. is pretty sad. I’d recommend seeking some professional mental health services before you have a break down.

    Friday, Apr 19 @ 11:05 am