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Oct 7, 2009 12:32 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton Village officials ask voters to approve new firehouse

Oct 7, 2009 12:32 PM

Southampton Village officials are asking residents to come to the Levitas Center for the Arts at the Southampton Cultural Center on Friday, October 9, and vote on a $5.9 million bond to pay for a new firehouse on Hampton Road.

The bond vote will be held from noon to 9 p.m. at the center on Pond Lane, village officials announced last month.

If the project is approved, a village resident whose home is assessed at $1 million would see a property tax increase of $48 a year, or $4 per month, according to documents provided by Southampton Village.

The plans for the project include demolishing the current 4,500-square-foot Hampton Road firehouse and building a 14,000-square-foot one in its place. The new firehouse incorporates design elements of the Southampton Long Island Rail Road station, on Railroad Plaza, according to project architect Dominic LaPierre from Ashley McGraw Architects in Aquebogue. The four bays for the new firehouse are designed to open up onto Narrow Lane instead of Montauk Highway. The current firehouse has only two bays and opens to Montauk Highway.

Southampton Fire Department officials have cited limited space in the current firehouse as the main reason for needing a new one. They have said that the firefighters cannot easily open the doors to more than one fire truck at a time in the house.

The firehouse also does not meet fire codes or federal requirements set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Jessica DiNapoli

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Is there a way to do this for less? Modify the existing building, maybe. It just seems that, given the state of the economy and the strain on local budgets, this is an expense that should be kept to the bare minimum needed to address the problems with the current firehouse.
By peoplefirst (787), Southampton on Oct 7, 09 11:29 AM
I think the Village learned from their mistakes. They tried modifying the existing building on St. Andrews Rd. and look where we are now.

I would also bet money the fire department doesn't care if it's a brick building looking like the train station or a big metal building. It's the taxpayers that don't want to stare at a big ugly building adjacent to one of the gateways into the Village.

If you look at the plans, this is bare bones. A lot of the expense is on the outside.

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By diy_guy (101), Southampton on Oct 8, 09 8:38 AM
By mother of firefighter (18), Southampton on Oct 8, 09 3:23 PM
I'm in the Inc. Village. Why now? Can't this wait? We've had enough grandiose municipal structures (the Police HQ, the Library) and perhaps a new Village Hall will come at us next.
By sansouci (9), Southampton on Oct 8, 09 4:53 PM