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Construction schedule in the works for fire station

Date: 4/23/2012

April 23, 2012

By Chris Maza

WILBRAHAM — A construction schedule for the main fire station on Boston Road is expected to be settled upon shortly.

Building Inspector and Project Manager Lance Trevallion told Reminder Publications that the building committee is slated to meet with Western Builders Inc., and Jeffrey McElreavy of Tecton Architecture this week in order to set up a timetable for the expansion and renovation project.

"Western Builders thinks they can get started relatively quickly, but we won't know an exact schedule until next week," he said.

Western Builders Inc., was awarded the bid for the project at $2.7 million at the April 9 Board of Selectmen meeting. The original appropriation for the project was $2.2 million, but residents approved separate transfers from the Ambulance Fund and the Capital Planning Stabilization Fund to bridge the $533,860 gap at the Special Town Meeting on April 2.

Western Builders Inc., located in Granby, has done work throughout Western Massachusetts and Connecticut on buildings used for residential, commercial and educational purposes, including the St. Joseph Senior Residence in Holyoke, the Yankee Candle Company's home store in South Deerfield and Bay Path College's Carr Hall science labs and Blake Student Center in Longmeadow.

Fire Chief Francis Nothe previously told Reminder Publications that he hoped to have "shovels in the ground" in the near future because many of the department's trucks and ambulances would be stored outdoors during the renovations. He said the expectation was to be able to get the vehicles and equipment back into garage bays in the fall in advance of inclement seasonal weather.

During construction, the department's personnel will be at the Station 2, located at 6 Woodland Dell Road.

"The Fire Department is in the process of relocating its staff to the center station as we speak," Trevallion said.

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