LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – On Tuesday night, Longmeadow residents voted in favor of building a new DPW facility, a $21 million project. The Town Manager Stephen Crane said their current facility is quickly deteriorating.
The current facility is located on Pondside Road and is more than 80 years old. Crane told 22News they’ve been looking into rebuilding their current facility since 1981, but said it’s not an option due to that area being in a floodplain.
“If we could do it more cheaply at the current site we would be doing that,” he said. “In fact, the building would have probably already been done. But it’s not a good investment to build it at the current site because you wouldn’t spend your own money that way, so we shouldn’t be spending everyone else’s that way.”
Crane told 22news the $21 million includes the tearing down the current DPW facility, purchasing the land located at 170 Dwight Street, the proposed location for the new one, and tearing down the building that’s currently on that land.
The proposal now moves on to the town election on June 13th, where it needs a majority to pass.