March 12, 2013

Tupper Lake reviews new fire/police station

TUPPER LAKE — The cost of building a new fire and police station here is coming into focus.

A recent report to the Tupper Lake Emergency Services Building Committee showed how much two versions of the project would cost.

And several sites are under review, according to Sean Foran, project manager with the Syracuse construction firm Hueber-Breuer Construction Inc.

Hueber-Breuer is completing a feasibility study in order to bring the project to a public referendum, most likely in May.


Foran started researching options for a new fire/police station last year.

“In January 2103, they hired me to do the referendum-phase design, including a voter-participation aspect to bring to village referendum for approval,” he said in a recent interview.

Foran is also the pre-construction manager and construction manager for the new Fire Station in Keene.

Hueber-Breuer completed both a fire-station-only and a fire-and-police-station cost analysis for Tupper Lake.

“Right now, our goal is to design a building that, in five years or 10 years, could also include the Tupper Lake Rescue Squad,” Foran said of a built-in expansion plan.

The initial report puts a 13,000-square-foot, fire-department-only building at $3.4 million.

A 16,000-square-foot, shared-services building comes in at $4.5 million.


In all, 15 potential building sites have been looked at, including an open site on Santa Clara Avenue and another one on Tupper Lake’s Department of Public Works property.

In a recent presentation, Foran indicated that the Santa Clara Avenue location is preferred because of its central position in the village.

The land, some two acres, is for sale by a private landowner and priced at $80,000.

Road access for emergency vehicles from Santa Clara Avenue is better than from the DPW location, which is why preference is tending toward that site.

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