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New Brier Hill fire station opening delayed until February

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BRIER HILL - The Brier Hill Volunteer Fire Department is having to waiting longer than expected to move into the new, $1 million fire station.

Located at the intersection of School Street and Route 37, the building was originally scheduled to be occupied by November, but Building Committee Chairman James R. Lowery said he now expects to move in by the first of February.

The building, which is being built by D.C. Building Systems, Watertown, still requires some finishing touches, Mr. Lowery said, and the septic system needs to be installed.

Mr. Lowery said recent weather conditions have not helped the building process.

But the main driveway has been paved already, Mr. Lowery said, meaning that as soon as the building is ready to be used the department will be able to move in its five trucks and one rescue boat.

The department is currently operating out of its old fire station at 2704 Route 37.

Getting the building ready for the fire department is only part of the overall project.

Mr. Lowery said the department is still working to raise roughly $200,000 to complete a community center off the back of the main garage.

Once done the center would feature a full kitchen and a large space for community events.

Donations for the project can be sent to the station at P.O. Box 57, Brier Hill, 13614.

The department is also hoping to sell off 260 acres of land it owns near the intersection of Ireland Road and Route 37.

Mr. Lowery said the land is prime hunting grounds and was once a farm.

Several people have expressed interest in the property, Mr. Lowery said.

“As soon as the land sells we’ll continue on with the [community center] and finish the project,” he said.

The land has been on the market for two years, Mr. Lowery said.

Anyone interested in the land should call the fire department at 375-4128.

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