Rough estimates for new fire station under $8M

  • Greenfield Public Library and Fire Station on Main Street. December 17, 2018 Recorder Staff/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 1/16/2019 8:47:07 AM

GREENFIELD — A rough, initial cost of a new fire station has been delivered to the Mayor’s Office ahead of today’s City Council meeting in which there could be talk about a new library that would supplant the current fire station. 

The preliminary numbers given to Mayor William Martin state the fire station as planned could come in, at its highest range, between $8 to $10 million. Cutting the cost to taxpayers could be a $2.3 million grant for hazardous waste cleanup of the site, Martin said. This means the upper range could drop to $5.7 to $7.7 million. 

In December, city officials indicated the new fire station might cost about $12 million, based on numbers extrapolated from a failed public safety complex proposal. This number is no longer being used by the mayor. 

The proposed station between Beacon and Riddell streets is between 16,000 and 20,000 square feet. Costs are calculated at about $500 per square-foot.

“Please note these estimates are totally just that, a preliminary estimate,” Martin said in an email. 

The costs come in before value engineering, too, which could further drop the costs. 

An initial preliminary feasibility study to see if the fire station could work at the Beacon and Riddell streets site has been in the works for several weeks. City officials, including Greenfield Fire Chief Robert Strahan, had been saying they were hoping for the study to come in December, which was pushed toward the new year but is still incomplete. 

“More time is required for the professionals to prepare a document for local review,” Martin said.

Some city councilors had said they were interested in knowing the possibility of the fire station and its related costs before making a decision on a new library, which would displace the current fire station, which  officials have been wanting to replace for several years now.

Advocates of a new fire station point to a building that has outlasted its life, and specifically point to a floor that cannot any longer take the weight of modern fire engines. 

For several months in 2018 talks of a public safety complex at Main and Wells streets positioned the fire and police departments to get ready for a move. The council ended up rejecting the plan in September, after having issues with leasing the property.

The library and fire station projects are linked beecause the current $19.5 million library plan, for which the state has pledged a $9.4 million maching grant, assumes the fire station is moved and the new library built on its Main Street location.

The town has until April 30 to approve the library project before the state withdraw’s its library grant.

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