Fire station on a budget

May 30, 2019

Plans for Onset’s new Fire Station were presented to the Zoning Board of Appeals at its May 22 meeting.

After a request for $13.9 million in funding for the station was cut down to $8 million at the 2017 Onset Fire District Meeting, the fire department and architects from the Galante Architecture Studio worked to revise the plans and cut costs without losing functionality.

The new station, which will be located at 8 Sand Pond Rd., near the Salvation Army, will be a one-story building of around 13,500 square feet. The initial proposal called for a two-story building with about 21,500 square feet of space.

Officials hope to break ground on the project in July.

The project needs approval by the Zoning Board of Appeals because the the parcel of land is partially in a commercial district and will be used for municipal purposes.

Architect Ted Galante explained that the proposed station is designed to be as efficient as possible in its use of space.

For example, the building is all one story except for the bays, which are 18 feet — the minimum height necessary to store, maintain, and work on apparatus.

The exterior of the building will be covered by economical cement board panels with a corrugated metal roof.

The one-story section of the building will contain office space, training rooms, four bunks, a kitchen, and dispatch. The public and private areas are separated.

Outside the building, a generator and fuel storage tank will be placed on a concrete pad.

Although the board strongly favored an underground tank and a generator powered by natural gas instead of diesel fuel, the fire department has already acquired a generator and fuel tank at a reasonable cost.

“We’re building it as economically as possible,” said Galante.

Plans would cover 28% of the land contained in the three parcels with impervious materials. Overflow parking would park in a gravel lot.

Traffic to and from the station will travel down Sand Pond Road.

The project will go before the board again.