The city is eyeing a new $4 million fire station to replace the existing one on Vincent P. Kelly Road.
City officials hope to snag federal economic stimulus money to pay for construction of the new four-bay firehouse that would take the place of the half century old Engine 4 building.
The existing building has two bays for trucks.
City councilors plan Tuesday to ask for a necessary review of the idea by the Planning Commission.
“We have absolutely nothing to lose by pursuing it,” Mayor Art Ward said Friday.
He said that if Bristol’s firehouse is among the projects funded, the federal government would wind up paying 80 percent of the cost of the new station, leaving the city with only an $800,000 bill to get a new building.
At this point, there has been no design work, so the first step for the city would be to hire an architect to draw up the particulars for a firehouse there.
But several officials said the city would likely use an off-the-shelf design to shorten the timetable, allowing for construction to begin relatively soon.
That is part of the reason the city chose to begin its long-term plan to overhaul firehouses with the one on Vincent P. Kelly Road, they said. Its location makes it much easier to use a standard design than the other firehouses.
A possible upgrade for the city’s firehouses has been in the works for several years.
“It was already in the mix of things to do,” Ward said.
Officials said the extra bays may make it possible to coordinate the repairs and maintenance of fire vehicles with the public works garage across the street. There’s a chance for more coordination and efficiency in the operation, they said.
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