Photo Release: MassDevelopment Hosts Devens Public Safety Building Walk-Through

MassDevelopment Converting 270 Barnum Road into State-of-the-Art Facility to House Devens Fire Department, Massachusetts State Police & Nashoba Valley Regional Dispatch District, Representing a $20.8 Million Investment

November 29, 2023

Kelsey Schiller, 857-325-3477 

DEVENS, Mass. – Yesterday, MassDevelopment hosted federal, state, and military leaders for a walk-through of the future Devens public safety building. Participants included MassDevelopment President and CEO Dan Rivera, State Senator John Cronin, State Representative Dan Sena, a representative from the Office of Congresswoman Lori Trahan, Keith M. Jackson, Deputy to the Garrison Commander at the Devens Reserve Forces Training Area, and staff from MassDevelopment’s Devens Operations and Real Estate divisions.  

MassDevelopment is converting a partially vacant agency-owned building at 270 Barnum Road into a state-of-the-art facility that will house the Devens Fire Department, the Massachusetts State Police, who provide police services in Devens under a contract with the agency, and the Nashoba Valley Regional Dispatch District under one roof. 

Read the agency’s October 12, 2023 press release for further details.

“Devens has transformed from a former military base into a thriving mixed-use community, and will soon be served by a new, first-rate public safety building,” said Secretary of Economic Development Yvonne Hao. “This new facility marks a major investment in Devens, made possible by MassDevelopment’s leadership and the support of many federal, state, and military partners.”

“It was a pleasure to show our federal, state, and military leaders the progress already underway at the site of the new Devens public safety building,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Dan Rivera. “This facility looks to the future of Devens by bringing all of our first responders under one roof and delivering improved public safety services for our residents, employers, workforce, and visitors.”

“The new Devens Public Safety Building represents an incredible investment in the safety of Devens and communities across the Nashoba Valley,” said Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03). “I’m proud of the $4.6 million federal Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program investment that helped make this MassDevelopment project possible. This facility is another example of MassDevelopment’s dedication to the Devens community and I look forward continuing to partner with Dan, his team, and our state leaders to make Devens a better, safer place to live, work, and raise a family.”

"Devens is the premier driver of economic growth and vitality in North Central," said State Senator John Cronin. "The new Public Safety Building will ensure that Devens has the resources it needs to grow responsibly and continue to create opportunity for the region.”

"Congratulations to the Devens fire and EMS professional staff on their new public safety building, and thank you to MassDevelopment for being so supportive of the new facility! With Devens experiencing population growth and robust commercial development, especially in the bio-tech sector, the need for a modern public safety facility is evident. This facility will not only ensure the safety of Devens community members but also cultivate and support ongoing developmental initiatives," said State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Marlborough).

“The public safety building will better serve Devens as it continues to grow, and will be able to support operations in nearby communities as well. I am happy to see the progress and look forward to its opening in Spring 2025,” said State Representative Dan Sena. 

MassDevelopment, the state’s development finance agency and land bank, works with businesses, nonprofits, banks, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2023, MassDevelopment financed or managed 545 projects generating investment of more than $2 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are estimated to create or support 10,522 jobs and build or preserve 1,583 housing units.