"No one can defend the condition of that station," Eigerman told Local Pulse host
"We're in overtime already," Eigerman said on the internet radio show Saturday. "It must be replaced. It's hard to conceive of a more important investment that the taxpayers can make than that station."
The city is looking at a location on
Going into this project, the city is cognizant that the
"Rather than doing two capital projects, why don't we deal with some of the inadequacies of the
He emphasized the importance of building a new station, as opposed to renovating the current one, so that firefighters are not displaced.
Eigerman discussed other city concerns with DiBiase on an extended segment of the show, such as finding a home for Newburyport Youth Services.
"We need to figure out a permanent home for them," he said, adding how important it is for children to have a place to go after school.
For now, Youth Services occupies the first floor of the former
The city hosted a public hearing Wednesday to review reuse restrictions for a
As a land-use attorney, Eigerman has concerns about the wetlands, saying, "The majority of that site is actually a marsh, and it connects to the marsh behind the
To provide an example of what this means, Eigerman said to just look at
The residents of
"That's going to cost us millions of dollars to fix, which of course, we haven't identified where to get that money," he said.
"So, filling in another marshland to do a Youth Services center with a parking lot and a gymnasium, there's aspects to that that we really have to think about carefully."
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