By Mark Gerlach
The wheels are in motion for a new firehouse to be built on South Plank Road in the Town of Newburgh for the Good-Will Fire Department.
The process of tearing down the old firehouse started earlier this week. Total demolition and cleanup is slated to be completed by the end of next week, John Conner, deputy chairman of the Good Will Fire District Board of Commissioners, said.
The new firehouse comes with an approximately $3.99 million price tag. It was approved at a vote late last year.
The new firehouse will be at the same location, but further back off the road. It will include four truck bays, instead of three. The bays, or garages, will be larger. Firefighters can conduct training sessions with the additional space, Conner said.
The new facility includes “proper offices, an up-to-date kitchen and a meeting hall,” he said. “It’s going to be a modern facility. The old facility wasn’t built as a firehouse.”
The former firehouse was built by combining an A&P warehouse, small residential overhead door company and inserting a floor into an alley to form the fire department’s third bay, according to Conner. It was built in the 1940s, needed a lot of repairs and had asbestos in its roofing and in stucco outside the building.
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