Greenfield completes sale for fire station site

Staff Writer
Published: 10/21/2021 4:55:34 PM

GREENFIELD — After months of negotiations, the city has closed on the sale of the Main Street property near the intersection with Coombs Avenue, slated to be the location of the new fire station.

“It’s a great relief, because we really need to get started on that site down there before snow flies,” Mayor Roxann Wedegartner said Thursday. “There’s a lot of work that needs to be done in terms of technical work, and the architect needs to be able to do their work investigating the site.”

The city put up about $944,241 for the site, of which $747,403 was paid to sellers Andrew and John Musacchio, she said.

“We also set up an escrow account in case we encountered any environmental issues as we are disturbing the soil again to build the station,” Wedegartner explained. “There was money set aside for that.”

As part of the sales negotiation process, the owners were responsible for any necessary environmental work that needed to be done.

Prior to demolition work, the properties, located at 33 to 39 Main St. and 10 to 12 Coombs Ave., included a greenhouse and two apartment buildings, one of which was a family home of the Musacchios, Wedegartner said. The property on Coombs Avenue had a few tenants, she said, who were expected to vacate the building by June.

Wedegartner said more information, particularly with respect to preliminary design concepts, will be available at the Fire Station Building Committee meeting on Oct. 28.

“We’re off and running now and very much looking forward to the process of getting the fire station built,” she said.

The city expects to use the temporary fire station on Hope Street for about two years, while the new station is being built. The former Main Street fire station, which was fenced off in September, will be demolished to make way for the construction of a new library on the same property.

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne




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