Three options weighed for future Lakeville fire station location

May 22, 2023

LAKEVILLE — The much-discussed location of the future fire station has not been finalized but three potential sites are on the table, town officials said.

While the feasibility study released in September 2022 by consulting firm Socotec suggested three location options — two locations on the grounds of Ted Williams Camp near the police station and one location near the Senior Center — Select Board members said at a Monday, May 22 meeting that a final decision has not been made.

“The message for residents right now is that it’s not locked in place,” said Select Board Chair Brian Day. “Even though things are moving forward — I’m kind of just guessing here — but I’m hoping we take a measured approach where we don’t cross a point of no return.”

Select Board Vice Chair Lorraine Carboni, the Select Board’s representative on the Fire Station Building Committee, said the committee has received five proposals from companies bidding to assume the role of project manager, which will oversee the project on behalf of the town.

“As a resident and as a Select Board member, I would certainly want residents to weigh in” on the location by voting on the issue at a Town Meeting, Carboni said. “Especially if it’s a location other than where [the station] is now.”

Fire Chief Michael O’Brien has advocated for a new fire station because of limited space in the current facility.

In August 2022, he noted that the station lacks a real bunk room and how the department stores a lot of its vehicles outside because the station doors are too small to accommodate fire engines.

The feasibility study, released on Sept. 2, 2022, said the current fire station is inadequate.

The original structure was built in 1894. The location has served as Lakeville’s town offices and fire station since 1953.