Site Work Begins for New Hyannis Fire Station

A drawing of the proposed new Hyannis Fire Station.

HYANNIS – Site work has begun on High School Road for the new Hyannis Fire Station.

Voters finally approved $18.5 million for the new station last April after three previous failed attempts.

Demetrius Atsalis, a member of the Hyannis Fire District Board of Commissioners, says work at the site is starting to progress.

“The foundation work has started and they are moving a lot of soil out because of, I guess, some contamination from asbestos,” Atsalis said. “If you drive by some times you might think you are watching a lunar landing with the uniforms the men and women are wearing there.”

The district is still accepting bids from general contractors through March 16.

“There’s been a lot of bids,” Atsalis said. “A lot of activity for those interested to help build the facility.”

Atsalis said the contractor chosen will be more than qualified.

The new facility is expected to be completed by the fall of 2018.

Ratepayers will be responsible for $17.6 million of the cost after $900,000 is applied from the sale of a piece of land.

The station will cost residents about $100 in additional taxes the first year, then decrease yearly.

“The big picture is it will be a facility to fit today’s needs but also into the future’s needs,” Atsalis said. “The department can only do one thing: It can only grow as the community grows and as the calls for service grow we will need more personnel.”

The current fire station was built in 1965.

The department responded to more than 7,000 calls in 2015.

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