Northborough seeks residents for fire station building committee


Northborough seeks residents for fire station building committee
The Northborough Fire Department is eyeing a new home on West Main Street. (Photo/Tami White)

NORTHBOROUGH – The town is seeking residents to serve on an advisory committee charged with overseeing the design and construction of a new fire station.

The Fire Station Building Committee will be made up of town officials – including a selectman, Financial Planning Committee member, Fire Chief David Parenti and an appointee of the fire department – and residents appointed by Town Administrator John Coderre.

“We had a feasibility committee that ran its course,” Coderre said during the Aug. 15 Board of Selectmen meeting. “Now that we have completed that, the next phase is to move forward with a building committee.”

Coderre said the town has been working closely with the party who is selling the proposed site of the new fire station at 61-65 West Main Street.

Over the last several months, the Northborough fire station project has come up at Board of Selectmen meetings.

Back in October, the selectmen held an executive session to discuss the purchase of real estate on Main Street for the fire station project.

The West Main Street site used to be a gas station.

In February, Coderre shared that there was some “significant” contamination found on the property. As part of the purchase and sale of the property, the seller had to complete remediation of the property.

Coderre said one of the requirements was that groundwater testing needed to take place. Further, there needed to be two quarters of testing before the remediation was considered complete, he said.

At that time, he said as soon as the town knew the groundwater testing was clear, the town could proceed with forming the building committee and issuing a request for proposals for owner’s project manager.

“We’re waiting to get the final groundwater test for that parcel [and] make sure there’s no additional contamination,” Coderre said in August. “Looks like those are clear.”

He said the town is working through reporting to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Any residents interested in serving on the Fire Station Building Committee should send a letter of interest and resume to the town administrator at 63 Main Street, Northborough, MA 01532 or by email to [email protected].

Letter and resumes should be received no later than Sept. 7.


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