Southampton Village Ambulance Barn Ready For Bids
Originally published in The Southampton Press
by Greg Wehner
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|The Southampton Village Planning Board last week approved plans for a new $5.5 million Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance headquarters on Windmill Lane.
Plans for the new headquarters, which will be located next to the Southampton Village Police headquarters, have been in the works for some time. Now that the Planning Board has given the project the green light, construction could start as early as November.
A construction contract is out for bid, and all bids need to be submitted to the village by October 28.
Throughout the approval and planning processes, Southampton resident Michael Jahnke has stressed concerns about the new headquarters. One of his concerns is that the ambulance sirens could frighten dogs at the Lola Prentice Dog Park, which borders the site of the new headquarters, and he is concerned that traffic will be an issue when the ambulances try to go down Windmill Lane during the busy summer months.
Ric Stott, a Southampton-based architect, designed the new building and said he did not see traffic being an issue. In fact, he said he believes it makes more sense to have emergency services in a central location that allows them to dispatch and get where they need to go more quickly.
He also said the current ambulance building is due for an upgrade. “What they have on Meeting House Lane is a converted barn,” Mr. Stott said. “This will put them back on scale with the other ambulance companies.”
Village taxpayers approved the issuance of bonds for the construction of the 10,000-square-foot facility in October 2014.
The ambulance company first took over its current space on Meeting House Lane in 1993, when the newly incorporated company had approximately 20 members. Today, the company has 60 members and answers about 800 calls a year.
Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Company Chief Rick Fowler has said that space is a serious issue at the existing facility, especially with new regulations on how medicine and records must be stored by ambulance companies. The company’s vehicles also do not all fit in the current building.