West Brattleboro Fire Station construction 'on schedule, no surprises'
BRATTLEBORO — One of the three facilities posed to become new homes for the police and fire departments is popping out of the ground.
"Construction is continuing on schedule and no surprises of any significance out in West Brattleboro," Town Manager Peter Elwell said of one of the fire stations during a meeting on Oct. 4. "The framing of the exterior building walls have gone up. The trusses and roofing are going to go on in the next two weeks in the area that wraps around the apparatus bay."
The West Brattleboro facility was the first to go to construction. The downtown-based Central Fire Station is getting an addition and the police department is moving from the Municipal Center downtown to the Reformer building at 62 Black Mountain Road. The projects were approved during a special Representative Town Meeting vote on March 12.
According to Elwell, the removal of roots at the West Brattleboro site was expected to cost as high as $10,000 but came in at $5,447.
To comply with conditions laid out in a permit approved by the town's Development Review Board, the installation of LED lighting in the cupola carried the price tag of $1,153 and three windows will be added above the apparatus bay for $1,374.
Town Planning Director Rod Francis said the project is in the historic district, a place where new design-review standards need to be considered.
"There was a discussion with the Design Review Committee and a recommendation to the DRB, which the DRB endorsed," said Francis.
Window panels are going up in the station's cupola for $4,448.
"They're going to be very difficult to reach," Elwell said. "In order to reduce maintenance and have them not become discolored in the future, we upgraded the window panels."
At the next board meeting on Oct. 18, Elwell anticipates more discussion regarding designs for Central Fire Station and the police facility.
Subcontractor bidding for the Central Fire Station job is underway. A guaranteed maximum price will be presented at the next board meeting along with construction plans for the Reformer building.
If all goes as planned, the newspaper will be in a segregated section of the current building with its own separate entrance. Designs are going to the DRB on Oct. 17.
The town is expected to purchase the newspaper's building in the beginning of November.
"Between the buyer and the seller, everything is on cue but it [the sale] depends on when we get the final word from the state regarding the environmental reviews. The Phase 2 didn't show any concerns," Elwell said, referring to an additional review recommended by the state after materials from the printing process were found in the sanitary sewer system during an initial assessment.
The Reformer is planning to rent 2,200 square feet of space in its current building. The Select Board will see a lease document with the newspaper on either Oct. 18 or Nov. 1. That would "become effective on the moment the closing has occurred," according to Elwell.
Call Chris Mays at 802-254-2311, ext. 273.
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