Construction of B'ville firestation underway

Downer Street has a new building on the horizon.

After two years of eager anticipation, construction of the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company's Station I is finally underway.

"The thought was to start construction last June," said Tom Perkins, vice president of the Baldwinsville Volunteer Fire Company and former chief. "However, there were issues with construction, site work and more. As it got closer to fall, we decided to wait -- we didn't want to rush building."

On June 1, phase one of construction began, which includes an apparatus bay, dispatch room, office, dayroom, small prep kitchen, training room, mechanical space and restrooms.

"With that, we'll have enough to get by," Perkins said.

Phase two of the project, which should be completed within three to five years, includes an expansion for a large meeting room, a dayroom with sleeping quarters and a regular sized kitchen. Overall, Station I will be a one story building with five bay stations to house fire engines and other equipment, including the company's hazmat trailer, which is currently housed at another facility.

"At least now, everything will be under one roof so we can pick up and go," Perkins said. "We're shooting for an end of September grand opening."

Good neighbors

The Crego Road location of the new facility has proved beneficial to the fire company as they have a generous new neighbor -- the Thrifty Shopper (Rescue Mission). While the building is under construction, the property lacks a permanent power source. To obtain power, temporary power lines would need to have been erected.

"We needed power for workmen, electricians, power tools and limited lighting," Perkins said. "However, the process of getting temporary power was too involved."

Rather than obtain temporary power, the Rescue Mission offered an alternative solution for their new neighbors.

"The Rescue Mission stepped up to allow us to use their building for temporary power," Perkins said. "We should have our own power by the end of August, hopefully."

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