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Westport residents learn cost for new, renovated buildings

Engineer Peter Gibbs goes over plans for a new building in Westport that would house the Department of Public Works and the Westport Volunteer Fire Department.

Engineer Peter Gibbs goes over plans for a new building in Westport that would house the Department of Public Works and the Westport Volunteer Fire Department. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— There will also be 20 parking spaces at the front of the building, separated from Route 22 by a retaining wall. There would also be parking located at the north side of the building and six additional parking spaces behind the structure.

Murray said the new space is needed.

“The DPW building does not meet the needs of its current function and I would say the same about the fire department,” she said. “Both buildings suffer from code violation issues, space issues and heating issues. At this point, it is really up to the community and the town board as to what they want.”

At the town hall, Johnston said renovations were needed to make the building more efficient.

“Its a building that costs a lot to heat and on the coldest days of the year you cannot heat the building comfortably,” Johnston said.

The town hall renovation could include looking into ways to generate its own energy and heat, including the installation of solar panels.

Johnston said the committee is looking for ways to bring the cost of the project down through funding.

“A project like this meets several state goals, including the preservation of historic places,” Johnston said. “We are aggressively pursuing state funding for this project.”

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