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Keene voters give the green light to firehouse project

The Keene Volunteer Fire Department firehouse was heavily damaged during Tropical Storm Irene last August.

The Keene Volunteer Fire Department firehouse was heavily damaged during Tropical Storm Irene last August. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Carey said that the department has made sure to keep the community informed of the progress they have made toward a new building through a series of public meetings and media outreach efforts.

“We will continue to keep the taxpayers appraised on the project because we want to make sure that we do this right the first time,” he said.

Carey said the department and the owner of the new site had reached an agreement for the purchase that was dependent on the referendum.

“The property was under contract pending the vote,” he said. “Now, we are hopeful that we will be closing probably sometime next week. There is still some work to do, but we hope to be in the ground by July 1.”

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