Onset Fire District officials ponder fate of police substation

Mar 23, 2018

Onset Fire District officials floated the idea of selling one of the district’s buildings, two years after a similar attempt failed to generate interest from buyers.

Located at 240 Onset Ave., the building is used as a substation by the Wareham Police Department during summer. The building’s utility and upkeep is paid for with department funds.

At Thursday’s joint Prudential Committee and Onset Water Commissioners meeting, officials said selling the building could offset the cost of an $8 million fire station to be built within the next couple years.

Voters at the Onset Fire District annual meeting approved the new fire station last year after hearing the current station, located in Onset Village, is outdated. The new station will be built on Sand Pond Road, near the Onset Water Department.

In 2016, officials attempted to sell 240 Onset Ave., which was last appraised at $175,000.

“We tried several times to sell 240 Onset Ave.,” said Prudential Committee Chair Charles Klueber. “It’s a white elephant at this point…We did not get one letter of interest.”

Committee member Marcine Fernandes said she saw the value in having the substation in Onset Village, however.

“The police are using it as a substation at no cost to us,” she said. “I think it’s a benefit for the village.”

No decisions were made at Thursday’s meeting. Klueber said he would welcome suggestions from residents on what should be done with the building.