Rezoning for Highland Hose VFC station expansion recommended by Evans Planning Board
Thursday May 2, 2013 | By:Felice E. Krycia-associate editor | News
Today’s fire engines are just too big to fit decades-old fire stations.
Case in point, Highland Hose Volunteer Fire Company’s 1954 fire station on 1 George Nablo Parkway, Derby, which barely contains its three trucks and ambulance.
“Right now we have only a half of inch of clearance on the side of the vehicles and about a 3-inch clearance from the tops of the vehicles,” said North Evans Fire District Commissioner Jack Kuebler at the April 24 Evans Planning Board meeting.
“There is only about a 2-foot space behind the vehicles and when the firefighters are changing the gear maybe there is a foot,” Kuebler said.
To address this issue, the Highland Hose VFC is looking to add a 9,000-square-foot extension to the station on the adjoining vacant property on Schuyler Drive.
To do this, the property, a .2 acre parcel at 6742 Schuyler Drive and a .3 acre parcel at 6750 Schuyler Drive need to be rezoned from R-2 (residential district 2) to PF (public facility).
According to Kuebler, the structures on the properties have already been demolished and the needed variances for the project were granted on April 10.
“No other expansions are being considered and there will be no expansion to the banquet facility,” Kuebler said.
According to Kuebler, the department is in need of storage inside the building and they may convert the existing engine bays to accommodate that need.
“That is something we really have not discussed in depth yet,” Robert A. Shepard of Stieglitz Snyder Architecture said. “If the rezoning is approved we will return with detailed site plans and we will work on a buffering plan for the neighbors.”
The Evans Planning Board unanimously passed a negative State Environmental Quality Review and approved sending a positive recommendation for the rezoning to the Evans Town Board based on the following reasons:
• The action is consistent with the Town of Evans Comprehensive Plan.
• The action is not expected to result in any significant adverse impacts.
• The rezoning action will not result in any changes to the character of the area.
• The action will enable the applicant to provide improved services to the community.
The Evans Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing on the rezoning for 7:10 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15.
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