Bids on Hyannis FD Land Do Not Reach Expectations

rescue fireHYANNIS- After the 11 a.m. deadline today, the Hyannis Fire District received six bids for two of their controlled properties, but none were close to what they were expecting.

With a $18, 980,000 construction tab for a new fire station, the district conducted an open bid today for two of their controlled properties on Scudder Avenue and Pitcher’s Way, in hopes of getting $2 million to go towards the construction tab, saving tax payers money.

When the results came in, they fell short of what the District was expecting.

The property located at 501 Scudder Avenue received five bids with the highest at $225,000.

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According to Paul Griffin of Construction Monitoring Services, hired by the District to perform the project services, the bids were a mix of local people who want to build single family homes at the site.

Griffin also said some bidders wanted to preserve the building that was already located there.

The property located at 1174 Pitcher’s Way received one bid for $605,000 from a developer who wants to build a residential complex on the land.

Griffin says he’ll be evaluating the bids along with a subcommittee, and also evaluate another open bid over the next week to determine what is in the best interest of the Hyannis Fire District as far as getting the most money.

The Hyannis Fire District meeting takes place on Tuesday at Barnstable High School at 7 p.m. and Griffin is expected to make a presentation at the meeting to determine what they would like to do.

Griffin says that he’s going to recommend to the commissioners prior to the meeting, to take a budget number of $1 million for the land on Pitcher’s Way and use the $225,000 bid they received for the land on Scudder Avenue, deduct both ($1,225,000)  from the total amount of construction ($18,980,000) and go to voters and ask the floor for an amendment to reduce it by that amount.

Griffin recommends that the commissioners tell voters that “we’re either going to get $1.2 million or we’ll make reductions in the construction budget.”