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Clinton station to get facelift

To keep fire trucks and volunteers well housed in Clinton, Fire District 3 is giving its Central Street fire station an estimated $260,000 facelift this year.

In the wake of full-scale station construction projects on Saratoga Road and in Freeland, this latest project call for a total remodel of the interior of the Clinton station. It includes updates to the exterior and removal of asbestos from the ceiling. District commissioners are expected to give the project the go-ahead Wednesday when they consider bids submitted by several contractors for the project.

FD3 Chief Don Smith said that unlike the situation with the old Freeland and Saratoga Road stations, the district has something to work with in Clinton.

"The shell of the Clinton station is in good shape, but the interior needs an overhaul," he said.

Most of the station's interior walls will be moved, the kitchen area will be updated, and a fitness room will be added. According to plans submitted by Carletti Architects of Mount Vernon, the remodel cost should be well under $300,000.

Exterior improvements will include new vinyl windows, new garage doors tall enough to handle modern-day equipment, and new siding with brick wainscoting.

Smith said updating is a better deal than building new.

"Updating the existing building allows us to be as frugal and efficient as is possible," said Smith.

Smith said by this time next year he hopes to be staffing the district's new and remodeled stations 24 hours a day with volunteers. He said a planned district overnight "sleeper" program will improve emergency response time.

Freeland's new station, which is still under construction, has bedrooms built into the design. Sleepovers at the Clinton station will be in a district-owned house adjacent to the station property.

Future district construction plans include a central fire station and training facility on district property on Thompson Road.

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