Published DateLACONIA — The proposal by WBIN Media, the television and radio corporation owned by Bill Binnie of Rye, to renovate and reconfigure the former police station at 51 Church Street was approved last week.
The so-called Minor Site Plan Committee. convened by Planning Director Shanna Saunders and composed of representatives of city departments, took no more than half-an-hour to accept the plan to convert the interior of the building submitted by Twin State Property Maintenance & Development, LLC of Ascutney, Vermont on behalf of Police Media Building, LLC, the surrogate of WBIN Media that owns the property.
Both the main floor and walk-out basement of the building will house radio and television studios and office space ranged either side of a central corridor while there will also be a reception area and conference room on the main floor. Both WLNH-FM (98.3) and WEMJ-AM (1490), which are currently located in Gilford, will operate from the building.
Binnie acquired the building, which is currently assessed at $211,600, for $1 on the condition that he invests at least $300,000 in the improvement of the building and adjoining land and use the building as a broadcasting facility for at least five years . Last month Binnie told the City Council that he expected to spend another $800,000 equipping the studios.
WBIN Media must arrange with the United States Postal Service to lease nine parking spaces currently leased to city as well as reach agreement with Enhanced Life Options at 55 Church Street, its next door neighbor, on the use of a shared driveway. The city and WBIN have agreed to execute a lot line adjustment, which will add a parcel of approximately 7,000 square feet to the 0.26-acre lot where the building stands.