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Squeeze a bit too tight in Westborough

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 20, 2007 08:23 AM


Plans to build a combined police and fire complex on land the town bought last year may not be possible because the site has been deemed too small.

Town meeting last year paid $1.14 million for a one-story brick building and a plot of land that sits next to the Milk Street fire station, in hopes of creating a joint police and fire station. The only problem is that the Municipal Building Committee's consultant has since determined the land is too small to fit a large enough building and adequate parking, member Dexter Blois said.

The committee now will ask town meeting for up to $125,000 to demolish the building already on the Milk Street property and another $125,000 for a space needs analysis of all town facilities except the school and library, Blois said.

An alternative plan under study would use the Milk Street land to build a new fire station and expanding the police department within the Forbes municipal building on West Main Street, Blois said.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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