Bernardston (MA) citizens recently voted to allow the town to pursue construction of a station addition with a four-bay garage, parking lot, and office space, for up to $3 million, reports recorder.com, though officials predict the cost will be closer to $2.4 million.
According to an official, a $3 million loan would be paid off over 40 years at 2.25% interest. The department has been pushing for a new station since the mid-‘90s. Brian DeVriese, an architect from Jablonski DeVriese Architects, designed the station proposal.
The existing station at 18 Church St. is about 2,500 square feet, and the addition on the adjacent property at 12 Church St. would be about 5,500 square feet. The current station, which was built in the 1970s, is outdated and potentially a hazard. The current station also has no storage space for equipment while the addition will include a storage area as well as office and administrative space.
The next step is a vote to move forward with construction.
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