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Dix Hills fire department’s $550G training facility OKd

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The Dix Hills Fire Department is seen on Jan. 25, 2012. Credit: Alessandra Malito

The Dix Hills Fire Department has gotten the green light to proceed with plans to build a $550,000 training facility at its station on Deer Park Road, just south of the Long Island Expressway.

The Huntington Town Board approved the district waivers for variances and site plan review given by the town planning board and zoning board of appeals.

“It’s important for us to expedite procedures so that fire departments can build necessary training facilities that they need to be able to protect us,” town board member Susan Berland said. “It doesn’t mean they don’t have to build pursuant to code, it just means it streamlines the process for them.”

The board unanimously approved a resolution on the exemptions at a Tuesday board meeting.

The department needed a waiver for a height and area requirement and site plan review from the town for the proposed two-story, 27-foot-high, 2,170-square-foot prefabricated building. The building will be built at Station 1 on Deer Park Road south of Mac Niece Place.

Fire Commissioner Larry Feld said a local facility will allow volunteers hands-on firefighting experience under safe conditions right in their neighborhood. The site would be about 150 feet from the nearest house, Feld said. The district has been setting aside money for the facility in its Capital Reserve Land and Building Fund for about 10 years, Feld said, so there will be no increase in fire district taxes.

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