By a vote of 123 to 34, the $920,000 bond to build the new Firehouse at the corner of Breezy Avenue and Hardwick Street was approved at the 2013 Greensboro Town Meeting. The new site is directly across from the Ball field at the Four Corners and will replace the current 1800’s vintage Firehouse on Breezy Avenue.
The approval is the culmination of a 4 year process following the purchase of land from the Hurst estate and a subsequent swap with the Mountain View Country Club for the land at the 4 corners. Numerous information sessions have been held over the past year to answer questions and gain response to the firehouse design. As a result, very little discussion regarding the plan occurred at Town Meeting.
The new building will provide space for the existing equipment plus one additional bay for a potential addition. It is a one story building designed to blend into the landscape in a similar way to a barn. The new building will include bathrooms (which were not in the old firehouse). It will be served by a water line extension from the existing Municipal Water District #1 system – the cost of the extension is included in the Bond amount.
The best estimate is that the new firehouse will cost property tax payers an additional $24.50 per $100,000 assessed value per year for the life of the bond (20 years).