(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — Mayor Richard C. David on Monday announced plans for a new $6.5 million Binghamton Fire Department headquarters at 235 Court St., replacing the current downtown station at City Hall that will be closed due to structural concerns in the floor.
Plans were initiated following engineering studies that revealed up to $3 million in structural floor repairs were needed in the current City Hall fire headquarters at 38 Hawley St. The floor supports more than 50 tons of fire rescue apparatus.
“Instead of spending millions of dollars on a disruptive repair project to extend the life of a 50-year-old facility at City Hall for a short time, it was in the City’s best interest to build a new station,” said Mayor David. “In addition, as we plan for Binghamton’s public safety needs moving forward, it’s best to have the police and fire department headquarters located in separate facilities to ensure continuity of critical public safety services in the event City Hall is ever compromised because of an emergency or natural disaster.”
Mayor David first announced plans in his 2020 State of the City Address.
The City will purchase the property at 235 Court St. from MJ Scoville Inc. for $220,000 and demolish existing buildings to construct a new fire station on the parcel and adjacent City-owned parcels at 76 and 78 Pine St. The City will also demolish 80 Pine St., a residential property the City obtained following Broome County tax foreclosure, to expand the fire station footprint.
Demolition and site work will begin later this year. Major construction will begin in 2021 and is scheduled to be complete by Jan. 1, 2022.
“This new fire headquarters will support emergency response efforts across the City and provide the quality, 21st century workplace our firefighters deserve,” said Mayor David. “This project will remove blight and serve as an anchor at an important gateway to the City. These investments will support our firefighters and community development efforts downtown.”
Keystone Associates Architects, Engineers and Surveyors, of Binghamton, has teamed with Mitchell Associates Architects, of Voorheesville, N.Y. — an award-winning firm that works exclusively on public safety buildings — to design Binghamton’s new fire station. Design and engineering work will cost $650,000.
The City will lease space at 151 Court St. as a temporary fire station during construction of the new station. The current City Hall fire station will be vacated by Aug. 1.
“For the first time in 50 years, the City of Binghamton is making a major investment in our fire headquarters that will allow us to continue to provide the highest quality of fire and EMS service for decades to come,” said Fire Chief Daniel E. Eggleston. “I appreciate that Mayor David worked collectively with both the Fire Administration and our firefighter union in planning this project with a focus on our operations and needs for the future.”
“Our union supports this plan, and we are looking forward to a new facility that meets our needs and supports firefighting efforts in Binghamton with no impact on staffing levels,” said Lieutenant David Holleran, President of the IAFF Local 729, the union that represents Binghamton firefighters.
No fire stations will be closed or consolidated as part of this project, and no firefighter positions will be eliminated.
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