Groundbreaking ceremony set for Hadley’s new fire substation

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Staff Writer
Published: 10/21/2019 9:09:19 PM

HADLEY — Even though foundation and other work has been taking place for several weeks, town officials will mark the beginning of construction of a new fire substation this week.

A ceremonial groundbreaking for the new $3.7 million building at 304 River Drive will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. with representatives from the Hadley Fire Department and building committee speaking.

Kurtz Inc. of Westfield was awarded the contract to handle the project after submitting a $2.39 million bid in June which was $585,000 below estimates for the construction costs.

The building, going on a 9.5-acre site at the intersection with Stockbridge Street, will replace the 1950s two-bay garage at the North Hadley Village Hall that has been used by firefighters for vehicles, emergency communications and equipment.

The groundbreaking comes a week after a similar ceremony was held for the new $8 million town library that will be built on the site of the former Hooker School building on Middle Street. The library and fire substation are among three projects that are in progress, with a $7.1 million senior center also under construction in a field behind the new library site. 

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.


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