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Construction of East Aurora’s new $6.1 million firehouse won’t start until spring: Builders need six months to compact dirt and make a strong ground layer beneath what will eventually be a 28,000-square-foot building.

A study confirmed that the site, home to a former dentists’ office, at 33 Center Street does not have bedrock desired for stability, said Lowell Dewey, an engineer and manager with C&S Companies, speaking before the Village Board Monday evening.

Using a pile of dirt to compress the soil is an alternative. “It’s going to be a little mountain there,” Dewey said.

The board approved going forward with the next step: putting together a bid package for the soil-compacting job that Dewey estimated could add $5,000 to $10,000 to firehouse project.

In May, the board formally approved the new building and its design with signature East Aurora elements like gabled roofs, panels of square windows and a stone façade. The new fire hall will replace the old 1960 building on Oakwood, which does not have the space needed for larger modern trucks.

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