LONDONDERRY — The long-anticipated fire station in the north end of town is now a reality. North/West Fire Station No. 1 opened on Feb. 17 at 20 Grenier Field Road.
The former station at 535 Mammoth Road was built by volunteers in the 1950s and had long outgrown its space. It is now secured and a sign placed on the building noting the station's closing and the new location.
Bids were accepted on the town's website for the demolition of the old station.
"Demolition is one option," Town Manager Dave Caron said. "We are having an analysis done of the old station and taking bids in case we decide to go that route."
Caron said he believes after the analysis report, demolition will most likely be the chosen option.
"We'll then take this to the Town Council at its meeting on March 7," he said.
If the station is leveled, one suggested use is to create more parking spaces for the adjacent senior center.
The North/West Fire Station is positioned closer to the industrial area of the town and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, making it more attractive to potential businesses considering a move there. It is almost identical to the South Londonderry Fire Station on Young Road which opened in 2007. A third station, Central Fire Station, is on Mammoth Road.
"Some exterior work remains and will be completed in the spring by Seaver Construction," Caron said. "I join Chief (Kevin) MacCaffrie in thanking all staff members who participated in the planning, building and implementation process."
The town will be scheduling a grand opening event in the near future.
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