Ideas sought for future of Onset's fire station

Pancake breakfast/informational meeting set for Aug. 18
Jul 12, 2018

Officials are seeking the public’s help in determining the fate of Onset’s 58-year-old fire station.

Built in 1960, the station, which is located at 5 E. Central Ave., will be replaced with a new, $8 million building at Sand Pond Road, near the Onset Water Department. The new station, originally proposed to cost $13.9 million, had its price tag reduced by voters at the Onset Fire District Annual Meeting in 2017.

It will be a couple years before the new station opens, but members of the Onset Prudential Committee are currently seeking ideas for what should happen to the current station.

Residents may share their ideas for redevelopment at a pancake breakfast starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Onset Fire Station.

The breakfast will also provide a chance for residents to learn more about progress made on the design and construction plans for the new station.

“We want suggestions any uses for the old fire station or whether it should be sold,” said Prudential Committee member Charles Klueber. “This is the public’s building. It doesn’t belong to any one person.”

Committee member Marcine Fernandes hosting the breakfast will allow more residents to weigh in.

“I would like the summer residents to have an opportunity to give input,” said Fernandes. “This process should be inclusive for the whole community.”

Prudential Committee members mentioned the possibility of selling the building or repurposing it for another use. Ultimately, they wanted to hear from the public.

“Now is the time to start planning and get some ideas,” said Klueber.

The district, which provides fire and water service, is governed independently from the town. The Wareham Fire District, a separate entity, provides those same services for Wareham residents.