LONDONDERRY — The federal environmental assessment of the site of the new fire station on Grenier Field Road is due this week and construction could begin as early as May 17.

The project should be finished "before the first snowfall," according to Town Manager Dave Caron.

Seaver Construction was the company selected after bids came in to build the new Northwest station that will be architecturally similar to the South fire station on Route 102, built in 2006.

Although voters rejected a $1.9 million bond to build the station last year, the town received a $1.65 million federal stimulus grant in September. The 7,000-square-foot station will now cost the town less than $200,000, none of it coming from new taxes.

The old north fire substation on Mammoth Road was built more than 60 years ago and required constant maintenance. In the last year, the town has spent about $8,000 on maintenance at the station. Most of that money was spent to repair mold damage to the second floor of the building and replace a furnace. To save money, firefighters did a lot of the work, including repainting and cleaning up mold caused by water leaking through the walls.

One of the major problems with the station, which houses the busiest piece of fire equipment in the department, is that some trucks from other towns can't park there when Londonderry calls for help.

Although the Manchester Fire Department is close by, its engine is too big to fit in the station.

The new station will be more centrally located in the northern part of town, closer to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and the proposed sites for new developmental growth around Pettengill Road and the airport access road.

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