In 2010 the Select Board, through its Town Administration, authorized a feasibility study for the reuse of the municipal facility located at 20 South Water Street. The facility housed the Nantucket Police Department which was preparing to move into a new Public Safety Facility at 4 Fairgrounds Road in 2012. Brown, Lindquist, Fenuccio and Raber Architects for Yarmough, MA was hired to perform the study.
During late 2010 and early 2011 several on-site investigations of the building and site were conducted by BLF&R Architects, BPC Architecture of Nantucket and their consultant/engineering team in order to visually review existing conditions, identify problem, or potential problem areas and general code compliance. The existing structure at 20 South Water Street has some problems, but has the potential to provide the Town with much needed flexible work space. BLF&R Architects and BPC Architecture toured several other town buildings to fully
understand the space needs of the town departments that would be the most probable new occupants at 20 South Water Street. Ultimately BLF&R Architects provided five design options (Options A-D) for the review by the Town Administration and the Select Board, which selected Option A and Option B for further analysis, however ultimately no action was taken on retrofitting the facility.
Currently, the Nantucket Sheriff’s Office and the Nantucket Regional Transportation Authority lease space on the first floor of the structure. The second floor is used mainly for storage.