Spring 2014 could bring the start of a new $7 million firehouse for the Long Hill Fire Station No. 2, near Islandbrook Park.
The new facility will be built next to the current current firehouse near Wilmot Avenue and Main Street, said John Mellardo, commissioner of the Long Hill Fire District.
The station was built in the 1930s and cannot handle modern-sized equipment, Mellardo said.
"It will be a 17,000-plus square foot modern and efficient emergency services facility," he said.
The new building will have dormitories and bathrooms for both
male and female firefighters, a large day (TV room) room, modern
kitchen, three full length apparatus bays, meeting room/training
classroom, offices for the fire department officers and offices for the
fire district personnel (administrator, treasurer and tax collector) as
well as a conference room, Mellardo said.
"It will also be energy efficient. We plan to
utilize as much natural light as possible inside during the daytime
hours and efficient low energy light fixtures during the
evening/nighttime hours when needed both inside and outside.
"We are also
considering the use of solar to also help save energy but we are still
in the planning stages so the final specifications are not yet complete," he added.
"The plan is to keep the current station operational while construction
is taking place. When the new facility gets to a point where we can move
the apparatus into it we will do so then demolish the old firehouse," Mellardo said.