Phillipsburg's town council announced the latest bid to renovate the armory on Heckman Street into a temporary police station came in more than $600,000 over the $1.4 million budget.
Mayor Steve Ellis says he and council are working together to find the money to meet the minimum bid that will likely come from a bond. Ellis says the town will use money from the general fund for the down payment.
The police department is the last municipal office left in the town hall building on Corliss Ave after black mold was discovered in 2017.
Ellis says the Phillipsburg Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management have already moved into the armory.
Councilman Frank McVey says right now there is no time frame for relocating the police department. "We want to bring all the numbers down and together and make this work,” he said.
McVey says the town will receive a $300,0000 donation from BridgePoint78, the company building a nearly 4-million square-foot industrial park between Phillipsburg and Lopatcong.
Phillipsburg will use the donation to create a community center in the armory, after the police department is finished using the building as its temporary headquarters.