MORRISONVILLE — Right now the Morrisonville Fire Station is a shell of its former self, but it won’t be for long.
“Don’t get hung up on what you see now,” architect Andrew Abdallah said.
“When this building is done, it is going to be real nice and will fit in with downtown Morrisonville.”
Work on the $2.5 million renovation began earlier this summer and is in full flight. The building along the Saranac River on Route 22B in the heart of the hamlet has been completely gutted.
The project, designed by Abdallah’s Plattsburgh firm, Architectural & Engineering Design Associates P.C., will eventually restructure the layout of the building as well as add a 26-feet-by-70-feet area on the east side of the building, and a new truck-bay area in the front.
The new bay area will have doors 14 feet wide by 14 feet high, enabling standard fire trucks to enter and exit. The previous bay doors were only 12-feet-by-12-feet, causing the department to order more expensive customized trucks.
In all, the size of the building will about double, going from about 7,000 square feet to around 14,000 square feet.
“We tried to think of all the things we need and add them to the plans, and I think we pretty much got everything we need,” said Gary Rabideau, chairman of the Fire District Board of Directors.
The main part of the building was built in 1954. Additions were installed in 1972 and again in 1986.
Commissioners decided last year that in order to give the department the space it needed to provide fire-protection service and to grow, the renovation was necessary.
Voters of the Fire District agreed, approving the project by a vote of 88 to 63 on Jan. 31.
The new building will feature more room for the department’s eight vehicles as well as a large training area and larger communications room. It will also have a decontamination room for firefighters to clean up after battling messy, sometimes toxic, fires.