Setauket Firehouse Bond Passes

A proposed $14.9 million bond to renovate and expand the Setauket firehouse was approved by voters Tuesday by a margin of 388-192. 

"Our sincere thanks to the community for coming out and supporting your volunteers," a post reads on the department's Facebook page

The current Setauket firehouse at 190 Main Street has served the community for the past 79 years. However, fire officials have said that since its formation, fire services have undergone drastic changes and the current building is no longer equipped to properly handle the growing demands of the community. 

The present structure also compromises the safety of volunteers due to the tight space constraints and other building deficiencies, officials have said. 

Under the approved bond, average homeowner in the Setauket Fire District will pay an additional $93.84 a year in taxes, or $7.82 a month. 

Previous proposals to expand the firehouse were voted down by the public in 2008 and 2005. 

EG June 18, 2014 at 08:47 AM
Very shortsighted by not adding a another million to purchase a decent larger location. I would have rather paid more to get it done right.
Vilhelm June 19, 2014 at 05:47 PM
I actually thought the same thing, I thought the farm on 25A would have been a great location. Nice and flat. But believe it or not, the community groups didn't want the location of the firehouse to change from what I was told...
John Cunniffe June 25, 2014 at 07:01 AM
The flat site would be nice and make sense from a pragmatic point of view - however, decommissioning the only municipal building form at the major center ( if you can call it that- but its what we have to work with) and major intersection of Setauket would likely leave a literal and figurative hole - I would hate to see a CVS on that corner - and frankly I don't see even that happening - look at main street closely - run down stores and spaces vacant...and with all that traffic -business at rush hour.. its dead and dying. I wouldn't set up shop there.... Removing the firehouse would hurt the chances of redevelopment of main street and hurt the existing local business and economy. I think the premium to develop that site for a municipal building and to hang on to something " main street" is a long range plus for the community. jc


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