The City of Bath will be asking voters to support a $13.05 million bond referendum on November 8, 2022, for the design, construction and equipping of a new fire station. The proposed station will replace the current fire station at 864 High Street and will be located at the north end of the former Morse High School property on High Street.
The City will be holding two informational sessions (October 6 and 27) at 6 p.m. at the current fire station to provide the public with the opportunity to learn more the project and the bond referendum and ask questions.
The new fire station project originated from a Facilities Committee walkthrough in 2017 and has been in development since 2020 when the City contracted with Harriman to conduct a facility assessment, spatial needs analysis and conceptual design for the Fire and Police Departments to help inform the former Morse High School reuse study. Both facilities were found to be inadequate for the current programs for each department. The former Morse site was evaluated for a potential combined public safety building, but the site did not have enough space suitable for development for both departments. The fire station, which opened in 1958, was prioritized due to the level of deficiencies, needs of the department and the location of the site. In 2021, the public feedback from the former Morse reuse study supported a mixed use redevelopment of the site, including a fire station.
For more information about the project, visit www.cityofbath.com/departments/FireRescue/fire-station-project.