Somersworth (NH) Officials Face Rising Fire Station Cost

The Somersworth City Council is facing decisions around the soaring cost to build the new fire station

The Somersworth City Council is facing decisions around the soaring cost to build the new fire station, reports Foster’s Daily Democrat.

The planned station is to replace the 8,100-square-foot fire station, built in 1976. The city originally authorized a $7.7 million bond to finance the fire station, but now city officials say the cost has since gone up to $9 million.

The Fire Station Building Committee looked to make almost $500,000 in cuts to reduce the cost of the design by removing the training tower and using more cost-effective materials, lowering the cost of the project to $6,490,977.

The city hopes to address the $1.3 million difference with a combination of federal grants and city funds rather than adding the full amount to the amount of money it had planned to bond.

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