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Zoning Board approves new Westmere firehouse

He also said "the district is willing to coordinate with the Building Department for what may be needed at that location." Specifically referenced was the addition of a crosswalk along Centre Drive, the road immediately to the west of the building, and the expansion of the sidewalk to Westmere Terrace, to the east of the building.

The board unanimously approved the new firehouse.

"The fire station is attractively designed and will be a positive addition to the neighborhood," said Barber. He said the building will add green space, sidewalk improvements and improve pedestrian access in the area.

The district will hold an informational session for the public to explain the need for the new firehouse on Thursday, Feb. 25, at the current firehouse.

According to John Keimer, a fire commissioner for the district, the public has not shown a great deal of interest in the new firehouse or costs associated with it.

"It's been real quiet as far as the public goes," he said.

There has not been any public comment on the district's plans at the Planning Board meeting, or at either of the two Zoning Board meetings.

Keimer said he hopes the public will be responsive to the information session.

"We'll pack the room full of chairs. Hopefully people will come out," he said.

He also said the public is invited to comment at the Board of Commissioner's meetings held on the second Monday and fourth Thursday of each month. The next board meeting will be on March 8.

If the referendum passes, the district will begin the deconstruction of the existing firehouse in the spring, and begin the construction of the new firehouse in the construction season of 2011. Once the initial construction begins, the new firehouse will take a year to complete.

The Westmere Fire District covers the area in Guilderland from Schoolhouse Road to the Prospect Hill Cemetery. To find out if you live in the district, send an e-mail to vote@westmerefd.org. To comment or provide feedback on the project, send an e-mail to building@westmerefd.org.

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