Brainstorming to begin for uses for Onset Fire Station

By Lydia Goerner | Mar 08, 2018
Photo by: Lydia Goerner Prudential Committee Chairman Charles Klueber discusses uses for the old fire station at Thursday's meeting.

It's time to begin brainstorming what will happen to the current Onset Fire Station when a new fire station on Sand Pond Road is built. And Onset residents are sure to have plenty of ideas, said Onset Prudential Committee Chairman Charles Klueber on Thursday.

When the current fire station, located at 5 East Central Ave., is moved to the new location on Sand Pond Road, residents will have to decide what to do with the building. It will be several years before the fire department is located at Sand Pond Road, Klueber said, but he thinks now is a good time to start discussing what to do with the old building.

The new station, originally proposed to cost $13.9 million, had its price tag slashed by voters at the Onset Fire District Annual Meeting in May. Voters approved the station, but capped the cost at $8 million. The annual meeting is where voters approve the district's budget, which funds fire and water costs, in addition to major purchases.

The department outgrew its current quarters and decided last year the new station will be on Sand Pond Road, located across the street from the Onset Water Department.

Klueber said he personally hopes the district will not sell the station, but will repurpose it to keep fire engines there or ambulances that can service Onset Village easily, especially during big summer events.

Public meetings will be scheduled soon to discuss the use of the building, after cost estimates are determined.

"We want to involve citizens in what we do with that building," Klueber said. "We want any idea to be possible."

From housing EMS to being turned into a hotel, all ideas can be on the table.

"Everything in this district belongs to the people in this district," said Clerk Marcine Fernandes.

Comments (7)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Mar 09, 2018 05:36

Sell it and the old water dept building and apply money to the new fire palace. Stop gouging the people

Posted by: cranky pants | Mar 09, 2018 07:08

A low income marijuana dispensary !!!!

Posted by: Rosebud | Mar 09, 2018 08:19

If it’s not good enough as a fire station, then knock it down and sell the land.

Posted by: Newlyaresident | Mar 10, 2018 07:04

We need a new fire station because all the equipment needs to be under one roof. So we’re building an $8 million dollar “garage” to accomplish this.  And now the geniuses on the Prudential committee want to repurpose the current station to house fire equipment. Huh? I must be missing something!

Sell it and pay down the bond!!

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Mar 10, 2018 07:22

Commissioner Fontes idea of a Public Safety Building is a good one. An EMT especially when beaches are open, a WPD substation which the town contributes funding for, Natural Resouces office, again rented, and space in the meeting room for scouts and other community groups. Maybe a small history of Onset display. All in a building centrally located and we already own.

If it is sold, they may pave paradise and put in a parking lot.

Posted by: Newlyaresident | Mar 10, 2018 08:20

We have a WPD substation that is only used for 3 months or so, we have a natural resources office on the pier, also used for 3 months or so, the Buzzards Bay Coalition will be developing the bathhouse to include classrooms/meeting rooms, and an ambulance can be parked near the beach for emergencies. Sell it or pave it for more beach parking revenue,

Posted by: Onset_mom | Mar 11, 2018 13:00

Do something for the youth out community of Onset! We have a hole in the ground that was going to be a youth center 20 years ago, why not take an existing building and set it up there? You could put indoor basketball hoop where they park the trucks and a gaming/internet station upstairs. This is a great opportunity!

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