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Construction beginning soon on $1.8 million fire station in Tonawanda

The Brighton Fire District in the Town of Tonawanda is preparing to construct a new, $1.75 million fire substation on McConkey Drive.

The district has a main station at 50 Jamaica Road and substations at 26 McConkey Drive and 978 Ellicott Creek Road. The 2,900-square-foot No. 2 station on McConkey was built in 1954 and renovated 40 years later to raise its roof, remodel the crew's ready room and add a hazmat room, according to the district.

The department is planning to demolish the existing station and build a three-bay, 5,300-square-foot station that offers more room and modern accommodations for volunteer firefighters, said Commissioner Lou Arnow.

Voters in the district approved the project by public vote in February. The substation closed last week, when crews temporarily moved the two pumpers to Sheridan Park Fire District property on Military Road and to FM Communications on Colvin Boulevard, Arnow said.

Demolition should begin late this week or early next week, with construction starting soon after and expected to take about six months, Arnow said.


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