ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — Voters in St. Johnsbury have approved a proposal to borrow $5.4 million to turn a long-shuttered armory into the community’s new public safety building.

Voters approved the proposal Tuesday by a vote of 255-170.

The project is now moving forward, but town officials say there is still no guarantee the project will happen without more outside grant funding.

Town officials say they will move forward with the project if it is in the best interest of the community.

The total cost of the project is estimated at more than $5.8 million. The town has already received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and officials say they will seek more grants to reduce the cost to the town.

The Caledonian-Record reports the town wants to renovate the contaminated, but historic structure into a new police station and dispatch center. The EPA grant is to help clean up the environmental contamination at the site which includes PCBs, heavy metals and other contaminants.

If the project moves forward, construction could begin next year.

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