Proposed South Station for Elsmere Fire District


South Station News

In 2017, the Elsmere Fire District initiated plans for construction of the 4,608 sf South Station on Feura Bush Road at Wemple Road to provide service to residents of the Glenmont area on a par with the service it provides to the residents of the Fire District residing north of the Delmar Bypass.

On December 6, 2017 the Town of Bethlehem Zoning Board of Appeals reviewed an application from the Elsmere Fire District for the construction of a new fire station located at 578 Feura Bush Road pursuant to Zoning Law Section 128-90 (B). The Zoning Board of Appeals was to apply the "Balance of Interest Test" when determining the applicability of the zoning law to quasi-public projects and, if said provision is applicable to this project, make a determination as to whether the project needed to undergo site plan review.

On December 12, 2017 voters in the Elsmere Fire District approved Proposition 1 which authorized the District to construct the proposed South Station at an estimated cost of $1,400,000.00 and to finance $1,300,000.00 of the estimated cost. The vote tally was 272 to 180.

On December 20, 2017, the ZBA conducted a Public Hearing on the proposed South Station and determined that the project would require Site Plan Review by the Town of Bethlehem Planning Board and passed a resolution to that effect on January 3, 2018.

This project first appeared on the Town of Bethlehem Planning Board agenda as an Information/discussion item on their February 20, 2018 agenda. After several meetings and public discussions with the Planning Board, site plan approval was granted by the Planning Board on July 3, 2018.

The Board of Fire Commissioners held a special meeting on June 22, 2018 for the purpose of opening and reading sealed bids for five prime construction contracts (General Construction, Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, and Pre-Fabricated Building) for the construction of the South Station. At a subsequent meeting four of the five contracts were awarded and the Board voted to re-advertise for bids for the General Construction contract. Bids for this contract are due to be opened on August 14, 2018.