Ideas sought for future of Onset's fire station

Pancake breakfast/informational meeting set for Aug. 18
By Matthew Bernat | Jul 12, 2018
The public is invited to share their ideas for the future of the Onset Fire Station on DATE.

Officials are seeking the public’s help in determining the fate of Onset’s 58-year-old fire station.

Built in 1960, the station, which is located at 5 E. Central Ave., will be replaced with a new, $8 million building at Sand Pond Road, near the Onset Water Department. The new station, originally proposed to cost $13.9 million, had its price tag reduced by voters at the Onset Fire District Annual Meeting in 2017.

It will be a couple years before the new station opens, but members of the Onset Prudential Committee are currently seeking ideas for what should happen to the current station.

Residents may share their ideas for redevelopment at a pancake breakfast starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Onset Fire Station.

The breakfast will also provide a chance for residents to learn more about progress made on the design and construction plans for the new station.

“We want suggestions any uses for the old fire station or whether it should be sold,” said Prudential Committee member Charles Klueber. “This is the public’s building. It doesn’t belong to any one person.”

Committee member Marcine Fernandes hosting the breakfast will allow more residents to weigh in.

“I would like the summer residents to have an opportunity to give input,” said Fernandes. “This process should be inclusive for the whole community.”

Prudential Committee members mentioned the possibility of selling the building or repurposing it for another use. Ultimately, they wanted to hear from the public.

“Now is the time to start planning and get some ideas,” said Klueber.

The district, which provides fire and water service, is governed independently from the town. The Wareham Fire District, a separate entity, provides those same services for Wareham residents.


Comments (8)
Posted by: Spherebreaker | Jul 12, 2018 21:42

The public already knows you want to keep it so why put n this transparent show. Next you will be gouging the ratepayer with another request for money to fix the place up. Despicable

Posted by: cranky pants | Jul 13, 2018 07:20

Sell it to help absorb the cost of the new palace.

“I would like the summer residents to have an opportunity to give input,” said Fernandes. “This process should be inclusive for the whole community.”

That's a funny statement right there, because it's the same group of people that you didn't include when it was voting time for the new station. Our summer residents didn't attend your Monday night coffee meeting / stacked event so please sir, curb your bullsh!t.

There's an old converted firehouse in Plymouth that just drew close to 700K and it's half the size of the Onset station.

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Jul 13, 2018 07:42

There are TWO station buildings. And a third on Onset Ave.. We want a police and fire official presence in the Village and they should be in talks for that.

Now that it's official that non-residents can be on the Commissioners I hope some summer residents will run, and some competent people from the other village in Wareham.

Posted by: Rosebud | Jul 13, 2018 12:56

Sell it or knock it down for parking.  No more unnecessary burdens on taxpayers.

Posted by: wtbarber | Jul 13, 2018 16:11

Can we make it into a jail for all the people buying and selling drugs in front of onset village market?

Posted by: yourmonkeysuncle | Jul 14, 2018 06:48

Keep it, use it as a fire station. Modify,add on, upgrade if needed. No more pet projects or squandering tax payers money. Do we really need NEW design . new plans drafted, to " reinvent this wheel ? IF a new building is definitely needed then why not go with a metal building ?They work and work well all over the country. The savings come from many areas - particularly eliminating costly opulence in the name of "public safety"

Posted by: OnsetTogether | Jul 14, 2018 08:40

I went to the last "pancake breakfast" to discuss the fire palace. Not exactly an overwhelming crowd. Please make your views known by going to a meeting, emailing or calling the Prudential Committee. is the address.

The District, in writing, said they are "actively selling" the old water district office accross from Spinney Library. That liability/asset  needs to be sold asap and the proceeds offset our borrowing for the new station.

Posted by: bruce gannon | Jul 14, 2018 12:38

YMU … that ship has sailed .. my option sell it

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