Egleston Square might be in the pipeline for a new firehouse, according to Boston Fire Department (BFD) spokesperson Steve MacDonald.
He said that BFD Commissioner Joseph Finn has put in his five-year capital plan money to build two new fire houses—one at the Engine 42 station at 1870 Columbus Ave. in Egleston Square and another at the Engine 17 station in Dorchester. MacDonald said that the plan is to do the Egleston Square station first. The project is budgeted at $10 million.
“We haven’t had a new firehouse in quite a long time,” he said. “They are sorely needed.”
MacDonald said that a new Egleston Square firehouse would be a couple years away, as it’s still in the “preliminary stages.” He said that the City Council needs to approve it, there would be community meetings and the project will have to go through the request-for-proposal process.
MacDonald said there was a review of BFD firehouses looking at their condition, including plumbing, heating and electrical, and that it came down to the Egleston Square and Dorchester buildings. He said that the firehouses will remain functioning until their replacements are “ready to go.”