WINDSOR LOCKS — The Board of Finance has approved a resolution to appropriate funds to purchase land for a new police station and senior center.

The plan to buy 491 and 519 Spring St. and build a police station and senior center will need voters’ approval. The Finance Board approved $15.17 million to buy the land and build the police station.

The Board of Selectmen now will set a date for a public hearing and town meeting to allow residents to comment on the plans and then vote on moving the project forward.

First Selectman J. Christopher Kervick praised the Finance Board for appropriating the funds for the project.

“There is still a long way to go before this project is ready for shovels in the ground, but this is an essential early step and I appreciate their efforts,” Kervick said. “But we all want the same thing, which is to provide a first-rate facility that complements the professionalism of our police force and to deliver the project at the lowest possible cost to taxpayers.”

The selectmen on Tuesday agreed to wait to set a date for a town meeting until receiving the results of soil testing that’s now being done.

Kervick said the soil testing, which began Monday and costs the town $30,000, could take up to 90 days.

The current plan is to demolish the emergency medical services facility at 401 Spring St. and build a new one, along with a police station and Senior Center, and then renovate the Fire Department headquarters on Volunteer Drive once the Police Department moves into its new station.

Construction of a new police station is projected to cost roughly $15.6 million. Fire Department upgrades are projected to cost $7.47 million, and a new EMS facility is projected to cost $6.6 million, which the town would pay for using cash.

Built in 1974, the police and fire headquarters at 4 Volunteer Drive has gone 46 years without a renovation. Both Eric Osanitsch, chief of police, and Lt. Paul Cherniack have said the station is out of compliance in every facet.

Osanitsch last year said the building doesn’t meet accessibility standards in the Americans with Disabilities Act, lacks both office and storage spaces, and does not have a locker room for women.

As for the new senior center, Selectman Paul M. Harrington said it is in “cost mode,” adding that estimates are expected soon.

“We’re hoping to have the hard and the soft costs in the coming weeks and talk about that and try to get the

projects done simultaneously,” Harrington said.