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VIDEO: Selectmen Review Rendering of 51 Main St.; Fire Station Building Could Become Office Space, Meeting Room

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Jeff Shaw (left), principal of Context Architecture and Tom Mahanna, chairman of the Permanent Town Building Committee. WESTFORDCAT PHOTO
Jeff Shaw (left), principal of Context Architecture and Tom Mahanna, chairman of the Permanent Town Building Committee. WESTFORDCAT PHOTO

In this video:

Jeff Shaw, principal of Context Architecture of Boston, presented to selectmen preliminary plans and a rendering of 51 Main St. The plan is to convert the current fire station building into office space and a meeting room once the Fire Department moves to its new location at the intersection of Blakes Hill and Boston Roads.

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Selectmen will bring a request for a feasibility study on the building to annual Town Meeting on March 24.

Town Manager Jodi Ross said the plans are designed to accommodate the town’s needs well into the future. Funding would most likely require a temporary tax hike, she said.

Shaw estimated a total construction cost of $6.89 million for an 8,800-square-foot building.

The new 5-bay Center fire station is currently under construction.

Other Agenda Items

  • Selectmen approved the creation of a working group charged with exploring the viability of a split tax rate for businesses and residents.
  • The board approved an amended timeline for annual Town Meeting on March 24.
  • Jeff Morrissette, director of land use management, was appointed a member of the Economic Development Committee. His term will end in June 2020.