Plans for new firehouse approved

LAKE GEORGE Lake George Village officials have approved new revised plans for construction of a new firehouse at the corner of Amherst and Ottawa streets in the village. The new one-story structure replaces at the same location the existing facility constructed 40 years ago. Village board members have approved the issuance of bonds not to exceed $3.2 million for the construction. Members of the Lake George town board have agreed to increase their contract with the village for fire protection services in an amount equal to one-half of the expected debt service on the new building. Growth over the past several years, particularly in the town outside the village has increased the need for additional apparatus and space, according to Village Mayor Robert Blais. Members of Phinney Design Group, the architectural firm designing the building, met with municipal and fire officials to review the plans. Bids are expected to be advertised in January 2008 with construction to begin in March. The new facility will increase the apparatus area from six to eight bays, includes a meeting room, dayroom, offices, a modern kitchen, fitness area, conference room and adequate shower and restroom facilities. The 14,887 square foot building will provide adequate lockers and storage space for other fire-related equipment now lacking in the present facility. The villages fire apparatus will be moved to the town and village DPW garages during the construction period, with the exception of the ladder-tower that may be housed in the North Queensbury firehouse. Blais reported to the board that following a study of other locations and building designs, the committee chose the most cost effective concept of demolishing the present facility and building on the same site. The partnership and cooperation of the Town and Village in the area of fire protection has been outstanding, Blais said. The towns cooperation in increasing their share of the fire-protection contract will allow us to construct a first class building to house our volunteer fire department and personnel. Plans for the firehouse are available at the office of the Village of Lake George at 26 Old Post Road. Any questions, please contact Mayor Blais at 668-5771 x25.

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