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New Yorktown Firehouse Faces Setback

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – The Yorktown Heights fire company is having trouble landing a building permit for a new substation at Kitchawan Road nearly a year after the plans were approved by the Yorktown Planning Board.

The plans were initially approved Sept. 6, 2011, and attorney Al Capellini appeared before the board Monday to request a one-year extension. The building was previously estimated to cost $600,000 to $750,000, but Capellini said construction bids for the project came in very high.

“Therefore they are now recasting certain aspects of the project to diminish the cost of it,” Capellini said. “It’s a bit of a setback.”

The approved plans included a 3,100-square-foot building with two apparatus bays, a day room, bathroom, equipment and room for two fire engines. Capellini did not detail what parts of the project would be altered.

“That means you’re lacking blueprints,” said Planning Board member John Flynn. “We’re sorry to hear that. We like occasionally to see one of our approved plans get constructed.”

The board unanimously granted Capellini and Yorktown Heights Engine Co. No. 1 a one-year extension in obtaining the permit.

The approved station would be the third in Yorktown. The all-volunteer company currently covers the 36.2 square miles of the Yorktown Heights Fire District with two stations at Commerce Street and Locksley Road. The new station was proposed to improve response time in the southern part of Yorktown.

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