HOLMDEL, NJ – On Thursday evening, 2-27-20 at 7:30PM, a new meeting time this month for the Holmdel Township Committee, residents should see progress on a long awaited firehouse. It is anticipated to be about 10,000 square feet.

The issue of fire safety has been discussed for a number of years amid complaints from residents mainly in the southern end of town. The last several years included a number of fires where the homes burned to the ground. The township, through various administrations, have worked to make volunteer recruitment and retention a priority. This included securing a new building.

On February 11, the choice of location was finally made and now, Holmdel is ready for resolutions to be passed for professionals to take it to the drawing board.

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The location chosen, after suggestions, is the municipal complex property. Technically, it is Block 27, Lot 10. The next steps according to the agenda is to spend about a quarter million on the engineer and architect.

The townships new engineer, CME, is slated to provide  engineering services for an initial cost of $60,900.00. Typical engineering services for this type of project include:

Zoning analysis

Review of existing conditions

Site layout and dimensions plan

Grading and drainage

Utility plan

Landscaping and lighting

Construction details

An architect has also been engaged, Arcari and Iovino. They are slated to provide necessary architectural services at a cost of $183,750.00. They will provide the following services:

Architectural

Structural

Mechanical

Electrical

Plumbing

Fire Protection

The work is restricted to building design and preparation of bidding documents. It does not include any public bidding process work or construction management. At this time it is not being designed to LEED standards but that may change depending on guidance from the Township Committee.