By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
GREENVILLE — A local property owner has offered to essentially donate a five-acre parcel of property to the town for the construction of a new rescue squad building.
The town council voted unanimously at its Nov. 21 meeting to approve the contract.
“The person has property on Irving Road,” Town Supervisor Paul Macko said. “They want to donate five acres of property for the town of Greenville to build a rescue squad building. They are basically donating the five acres for $1, and we will cover all the closing expenses.”
The town declined to identify the donor at this time.
The Greenville Rescue Squad and the town penned a five-year contract on Nov. 9, which included plans to construct a new emergency services building to house the rescue squad. The town had been considering using a plot of town-owned land behind the Greenville Public Library, but Macko said the Irving Road site is better situated to house the new structure.
“It’s great news and it will now free up that property behind the library where we were thinking about putting the rescue squad building,” Macko said.
“It would have been a tough place to get in and out in times of emergencies, especially with parking at the library,” Macko continued. “I think the Irving Road property will afford us much safer and quicker conditions to get in and out.”
Following the contract signing Nov. 9, the town council also established a Building Committee consisting of Town Councilmen John Bensen and Will VonAtzingen representing the town and a couple of rescue squad members to work out the details of the project.
Construction of the building is expected to cost between $750,000 and $1 million, Macko said at that meeting.
The preliminary concept for the building are for the town to possibly build a modular structure with three bays in the garage to house the squad’s ambulances and for a flycar, but the project’s parameters are still in the very early stages.
The $1 deal for the five-acre site on Irving Road will “solve a lot of problems” for the town, Bensen said.
The size of the site is suitable for the building, Macko said.
“It’s a wonderful gesture and it is solely for a rescue squad building. We can’t do anything else with the property,” the town supervisor said. “It’s 310 feet of road frontage and goes back about 650 feet, according to our mapping with Greene County Real Property Tax Service. There should be plenty of space there for what we need to do.”
“I think it’s a nice gesture and it goes a long way to getting us started,” he added.
Town attorney Tal Rappleyea said he will start the process for acquiring the property.
“I will order the title search right away and as soon as it comes in, we can have the closing,” Rappleyea said.