New Fire Station Size Reduced
Selectmen saw the plans last week.
Westborough’s new fire station has been reduced by 1,100 square feet, “in an effort to get the project to come in under budget,” the architect says.
Voters at the Oct. 15 special town meeting appropriated $11,208,000 to design and build the new fire station next to the current Milk Street facility, which will be demolished. The advisory finance committee recommended transferring $1,200,000 from free cash and borrowing $10,008,000. Construction is targeted to start this summer.
Architect Brian Humes told selectmen last week that the town meeting presentation showed a 28,400-square-foot facility.
The new size is 27,300 square feet, with the 1,100 difference representing “a series of items,” he said.
“The building committee has been very vocal about wanting to reduce costs, but not compromise quality,” Humes said.
The new one-story station will be built at the corner of Phillips and Milk streets, he said. The current station is at Grove at Milk.
“Apparatus and apparatus bays” will take up most of the new building, Humes said.
The new design includes four bays for the “majority of the fire apparatus,” which will exit to Milk Street; four bays for support vehicles and ambulances, which will exit onto Phillips Street; a “memorial area” at Grove at Milk; a public lobby with public restrooms and a training classroom; administrative areas, a small fitness room, and nine bunk rooms, Humes said. The dispatch center will be off the lobby “so the public would have access to the dispatchers,” he said.
The municipal building committee will post a series of meetings from now to the end of February, he said.
Selectmen Vice Chairman Ian Johnson said the issue of pitched vs. flat roofs arose at town meeting.
Municipal Building Committee Chairman Robert Brown said the “configuration of the building didn’t lend itself” to a pitched roof, which would come at a “tremendous increased cost.”
Humes added that “to say it will have a flat roof is really a misnomer, because it will be pitched, with a pitched internal drain.”