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Sep 22, 2010 11:28 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

New plans floated for ambulance barn

Sep 22, 2010 11:28 AM

Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Corps officials and their representatives offered some details on the leading conceptual plan for a new ambulance corps facility—a two-story building that would be built to the north of the village police station—to the Village Board on Tuesday evening, though full plans are still being hashed out.

As of now, the approximately $4.35 million plan calls for greatly enhancing the size, safety and environmental sustainability of the ambulance barn. Green features, such as drawing from renewable energy sources and having a sustainable building design, are included in the plans. The building would include larger ambulance bays, more meeting and training space that could be shared by the police and community groups and more medical storage supply facilities—all of which are sorely deficient at the corps’s current barn on Meeting House Lane, according to ambulance officials.

Renovating the existing structure has largely been ruled out as insufficient to meet the growing ambulance corps’s needs.

Plans would also add a conference room, laundry room and paid-provider space, as well as a spot for a first-responder vehicle, which must currently be parked outside the Meeting House Lane barn. A residential-style kitchen is planned to allow volunteers adequate space when they are on standby.

Among the highlights of the new facility are that it would lessen traffic troubles associated with being located in the village business district. Ambulances would no longer need to back up on a street to enter the barn—which member Maureen Dervin said was “like threading a needle getting through those doors.” Parking could be shared by the police and village Justice Court.

The plan is favored by Mayor Mark Epley over a proposed building behind the police station, in part because it calls for less paved surface. A proposed building behind the police station also had a slightly higher estimated cost of $4.575 million.

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Is there consensus amoungst the volunteer ambulance members that this is the building they need and want? For 4.35 million, make sure you do it right!
By mterry (5), Flanders on Sep 29, 10 8:59 AM