New Fire Stations

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Proposed Fire Stations Information

Locations:

  • SFD Headquarters: Main Street and Mayflower Drive, South Sanford.
  • District Station: Payne Street, Springvale.

Design Features:

  • Separate zones to mitigate chemical exposure.
  • Quiet sleeping quarters.
  • Gender-neutral facilities.
  • Energy efficiency.

Reasons for New Stations

  • Age: Current stations are 50 and 100 years old, outdated, and unable to meet modern codes.
  • Size: Too small to accommodate modern vehicles and equipment.
  • Safety: Lack proper decontamination zones, compromising firefighter health.
  • Equitability: Inadequate facilities for female firefighters.
  • Compliance: Non-compliant with NFPA and OSHA standards.
  • Location: New stations better serve the growing community.

Financial Implications

  • Cost: $42.5 million for construction.
  • Delay Costs: Each year of delay adds $2.6 million.
  • Funding Strategy:
    • Align construction with the retirement of current debt service.
    • Pursue federal grants (FEMA, Congressional Direct Spending, USDA) post-approval.


Recent Project Developments

2024: Planning and Design

  • January 16th: City Council authorized $168,000 for architectural planning and cost estimation.
  • March 19th: Detailed plans for new stations presented by Bob Mitchell of WBRC/Mitchell Associates, focusing on firefighter health, safety, and energy efficiency.
  • March 19th: City Council authorized a ballot referendum for the November 5th election that seeks Sanford/Springvale voter approval on the construction of two fire stations at the total price of $42.5 million.

2022- 2023: Property Acquisition

  • Properties:
    • 1280 Main Street- Springvale Nurseries (Headquarters/Central Station).
    • 10 Payne Street- Notre Dame Church (District/Sub Station).

2022:

  • APRA Funding (COVID Money) Allocation: $585,000 allocated for purchasing 1280 Main St, Sanford.
  • Activities: Tours of Brunswick and Wells Fire Stations for insights.

2021: Fire Station Feasibility Working Group

  • Purpose: Analyze the necessity of new fire stations and identify optimal locations.

2020: Architect Review

  • Participants: WBRC Architects and Mitchell Associates.
  • Findings: Existing fire stations are outdated, non-compliant with current codes, and unsafe. Immediate replacement recommended.


Project Background Information

2019: Initial Bond Vote

  • Residents voted against a $1 Million bond to purchase land for a new fire station. Note: This vote was not for the construction of a new fire station.

2016: Port City Architecture Study of the City's Fire/EMS Department.

  • Recommendations:
    • Vacate all three existing facilities.
    • Construct two new stations along the Route 109 corridor at equidistant increments.
      • Main Station: ~29,000 sq ft with 5 drive-through bays, 1 decontamination bay, and living, training, and administrative spaces.
      • Substation: ~16,000 sq ft with 4 bays and living quarters.

Help us modernize our fire stations to better serve Sanford and Springvale. The new facilities will address critical issues with our current, outdated stations, improving safety for firefighters and residents. Let's invest in a safer future for everyone.

EVERYDAY SFD PROTECTS US. YOUR VOTE PROTECTS THEM.

A SAFER TOMORROW STARTS TODAY

Proposed Fire Stations Information

Locations:

  • SFD Headquarters: Main Street and Mayflower Drive, South Sanford.
  • District Station: Payne Street, Springvale.

Design Features:

  • Separate zones to mitigate chemical exposure.
  • Quiet sleeping quarters.
  • Gender-neutral facilities.
  • Energy efficiency.

Reasons for New Stations

  • Age: Current stations are 50 and 100 years old, outdated, and unable to meet modern codes.
  • Size: Too small to accommodate modern vehicles and equipment.
  • Safety: Lack proper decontamination zones, compromising firefighter health.
  • Equitability: Inadequate facilities for female firefighters.
  • Compliance: Non-compliant with NFPA and OSHA standards.
  • Location: New stations better serve the growing community.

Financial Implications

  • Cost: $42.5 million for construction.
  • Delay Costs: Each year of delay adds $2.6 million.
  • Funding Strategy:
    • Align construction with the retirement of current debt service.
    • Pursue federal grants (FEMA, Congressional Direct Spending, USDA) post-approval.


Recent Project Developments

2024: Planning and Design

  • January 16th: City Council authorized $168,000 for architectural planning and cost estimation.
  • March 19th: Detailed plans for new stations presented by Bob Mitchell of WBRC/Mitchell Associates, focusing on firefighter health, safety, and energy efficiency.
  • March 19th: City Council authorized a ballot referendum for the November 5th election that seeks Sanford/Springvale voter approval on the construction of two fire stations at the total price of $42.5 million.

2022- 2023: Property Acquisition

  • Properties:
    • 1280 Main Street- Springvale Nurseries (Headquarters/Central Station).
    • 10 Payne Street- Notre Dame Church (District/Sub Station).

2022:

  • APRA Funding (COVID Money) Allocation: $585,000 allocated for purchasing 1280 Main St, Sanford.
  • Activities: Tours of Brunswick and Wells Fire Stations for insights.

2021: Fire Station Feasibility Working Group

  • Purpose: Analyze the necessity of new fire stations and identify optimal locations.

2020: Architect Review

  • Participants: WBRC Architects and Mitchell Associates.
  • Findings: Existing fire stations are outdated, non-compliant with current codes, and unsafe. Immediate replacement recommended.


Project Background Information

2019: Initial Bond Vote

  • Residents voted against a $1 Million bond to purchase land for a new fire station. Note: This vote was not for the construction of a new fire station.

2016: Port City Architecture Study of the City's Fire/EMS Department.

  • Recommendations:
    • Vacate all three existing facilities.
    • Construct two new stations along the Route 109 corridor at equidistant increments.
      • Main Station: ~29,000 sq ft with 5 drive-through bays, 1 decontamination bay, and living, training, and administrative spaces.
      • Substation: ~16,000 sq ft with 4 bays and living quarters.

Help us modernize our fire stations to better serve Sanford and Springvale. The new facilities will address critical issues with our current, outdated stations, improving safety for firefighters and residents. Let's invest in a safer future for everyone.

EVERYDAY SFD PROTECTS US. YOUR VOTE PROTECTS THEM.

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  • Share I have 2..... What will become of the existing stations? and What is the life expectancy of the new stations? An example: will they be designed for future expansion, will they last 100 years, like the one in Springvale or less, like the one in Sanford. on Facebook Share I have 2..... What will become of the existing stations? and What is the life expectancy of the new stations? An example: will they be designed for future expansion, will they last 100 years, like the one in Springvale or less, like the one in Sanford. on Twitter Share I have 2..... What will become of the existing stations? and What is the life expectancy of the new stations? An example: will they be designed for future expansion, will they last 100 years, like the one in Springvale or less, like the one in Sanford. on Linkedin Email I have 2..... What will become of the existing stations? and What is the life expectancy of the new stations? An example: will they be designed for future expansion, will they last 100 years, like the one in Springvale or less, like the one in Sanford. link

    I have 2..... What will become of the existing stations? and What is the life expectancy of the new stations? An example: will they be designed for future expansion, will they last 100 years, like the one in Springvale or less, like the one in Sanford.

    Beeb2953 asked 2 months ago

    At this time, we do not have a plan for the future of our current stations because we haven’t yet received voter approval for the construction of two new stations. However, there are no plans for municipal reuse of the buildings. Additionally, the new stations are being designed with an extended lifespan of 75+ years and are built to be the "last building standing" in case of disaster.  

  • Share I don't see in your timeline where the City purchased the adjoining parcel of the Springvale Nurseries property on Main Street. As I understood it, it was needed as we didn't have enough road frontage for the building that is desired. In exchange for this purchase and to offset the cost of the additional land purchase, the City was to sell a portion of the Springvale Nurseries land to Sanford Housing Authority. That sale to SHA fell apart. If you would like to get citizen support, tell the whole story in your narrative. on Facebook Share I don't see in your timeline where the City purchased the adjoining parcel of the Springvale Nurseries property on Main Street. As I understood it, it was needed as we didn't have enough road frontage for the building that is desired. In exchange for this purchase and to offset the cost of the additional land purchase, the City was to sell a portion of the Springvale Nurseries land to Sanford Housing Authority. That sale to SHA fell apart. If you would like to get citizen support, tell the whole story in your narrative. on Twitter Share I don't see in your timeline where the City purchased the adjoining parcel of the Springvale Nurseries property on Main Street. As I understood it, it was needed as we didn't have enough road frontage for the building that is desired. In exchange for this purchase and to offset the cost of the additional land purchase, the City was to sell a portion of the Springvale Nurseries land to Sanford Housing Authority. That sale to SHA fell apart. If you would like to get citizen support, tell the whole story in your narrative. on Linkedin Email I don't see in your timeline where the City purchased the adjoining parcel of the Springvale Nurseries property on Main Street. As I understood it, it was needed as we didn't have enough road frontage for the building that is desired. In exchange for this purchase and to offset the cost of the additional land purchase, the City was to sell a portion of the Springvale Nurseries land to Sanford Housing Authority. That sale to SHA fell apart. If you would like to get citizen support, tell the whole story in your narrative. link

    I don't see in your timeline where the City purchased the adjoining parcel of the Springvale Nurseries property on Main Street. As I understood it, it was needed as we didn't have enough road frontage for the building that is desired. In exchange for this purchase and to offset the cost of the additional land purchase, the City was to sell a portion of the Springvale Nurseries land to Sanford Housing Authority. That sale to SHA fell apart. If you would like to get citizen support, tell the whole story in your narrative.

    Steve asked 8 months ago

    We conducted a cost-benefit analysis and found it was more cost-effective to purchase the Courtney Cleaners property. If we had sold the back portion of the property to SHA, we would have been required to construct a two-story building with retaining walls and install costly in ground storm treatment systems. Now, we'll have a single-story station with a stormwater retention pond that can serve as green space.

  • Share Why Does cost the TAXAYERS of Sanford $2.6 Million Every Year that New Fiore stations are not Built?? Also, why Can't we Build Now and build the second 5 years from now?? Sherwin Start on Facebook Share Why Does cost the TAXAYERS of Sanford $2.6 Million Every Year that New Fiore stations are not Built?? Also, why Can't we Build Now and build the second 5 years from now?? Sherwin Start on Twitter Share Why Does cost the TAXAYERS of Sanford $2.6 Million Every Year that New Fiore stations are not Built?? Also, why Can't we Build Now and build the second 5 years from now?? Sherwin Start on Linkedin Email Why Does cost the TAXAYERS of Sanford $2.6 Million Every Year that New Fiore stations are not Built?? Also, why Can't we Build Now and build the second 5 years from now?? Sherwin Start link

    Why Does cost the TAXAYERS of Sanford $2.6 Million Every Year that New Fiore stations are not Built?? Also, why Can't we Build Now and build the second 5 years from now?? Sherwin Start

    ornithologist asked 4 months ago

    The increased price of $2.6 million, was determined by the City’s architect based on escalators on material costs and labor costs. Estimators gather data from ongoing construction projects to extrapolate the data needed. Additionally, constructing two new stations simultaneously allows for an efficient modernization of our outdated infrastructure and facilities. This approach minimizes service disruptions, optimizes resource allocation, and yields cost savings for the taxpayers.  

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