Groundbreaking day for new Longmeadow DPW facility

Hampden County

Construction began on Longmeadow’s new $12.7 million DPW facility. The groundbreaking ceremony for the building was located at 170 Dwight Road.

The new building will be under construction following demolition of the old tennis club building.

Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane told 22News, a new DPW complex has been in the discussion stage since 1981. The current facility was built in the 1930’s.

“Our biggest thing is storing our vehicles, which doesn’t seem like a big deal, but the town has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in our fleet,” said Crane.

Longmeadow voters allowed the construction to go ahead with a proposition 2 1/2 override vote in June. Voters agreed to an average annual tax increase of $200 per year in order to build the 42,250 square-foot facility.

South Windsor Connecticut-based W.J. Mountford won the bid for construction, which came in at $2.8 million less than the original estimated cost.

Among other amenities, including storage for vehicles, administrative offices, and lifts for repairs, there will also be space on the facility’s property to honor DPW worker Warren Cowles, who was killed while removing snow at a railroad crossing last year.

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