Vote to bond $5.9M to renovate Garden City Park firehouse does not pass

Vote to bond $5.9M to renovate Garden City Park firehouse does not pass
The proposed rendering of Garden City Park Fire Department's Fire Station No. 2. (Photo courtesy of the Garden City Park Fire and Water District)

Residents in the Garden City Park Fire and Water District Tuesday night voted against bonding for $5,900,000 to renovate the Garden City Park Fire Station No. 2 at 11030 Denton Ave. in Garden City Park.

A total number of 325 votes were cast with 251, or 77%, against the proposal, according to the district. 

The district board of commissioners said they were frustrated with the results of the vote.

“We are disappointed that the community did not support the brave men and women of the fire department who volunteer their time and put their lives on the line to protect them and their property, and who respond to them when they need medical care,” the district said in a statement. 

If the vote passed, Garden City Park’s Fire Station No. 2, which was built in 1970, would have been rebuilt at the same location to fit today’s regulations and provide additional space for the members, among other things, Commissioner Alan Cooper said. 

“The new station will provide a functional layout with modern facilities for housing vehicles and equipment so members can respond to calls with efficiency and speed,” the district said in a district-wide mailer to all residents ahead of the vote. 

The current firehouse holds the department’s Companies No. 3, 4 and the rescue company, a total of 51 current members. 

Along with the bond, the district had approximately $8,000,000 in reserves to cover the cost of the project. The projected tax increase for the district was an increase of $47 per year per home, the district said. 

The Garden City Park Water District covers parts of Garden City Park, Manhasset Hills, parts of New Hyde Park, parts of Mineola, parts of North Hills, parts of Roslyn, parts of Williston Park, parts of Albertson and parts of Garden City.

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