Westborough voters to decide on Fire Station May 15
By Bonnie Adams, Government Editor
Westborough – Voters will go to the polls on May 15 to decide if the town should go forth with a Proposition 2 ½ debt exclusion that would allocate $11 million for a new Fire Station.
The first step in the process was approved by voters at the March 17 Special Town Meeting (STM).
The town's Municipal Building Committee had been evaluating the state of the Town Hall, Forbes Municipal Building and Fire Station for the past several years. Initially officials had hoped to have a request for $22 million for renovations at the Town Hall and the FMB and to build a new Recreation Center also be approved but that measure was denied by voters at the STM.
The Fire Station, which was built in 1888, has significant structural and electrical problems and many code violations, according to Town Manager Jim Malloy. There is no elevator in the building and it has egress violations as well.
The building is 14,000 square feet. According to Brian Humes, an architect from Jacunski Humes Architects, LLC, a firm contracted by the town, it should be double that size. Humes said an analysis has shown that it would not be practical or cost-effective to renovate the current Fire Station.
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