The Providence Street Fire Station is no more-at least as a fire station. Multiple sources say the long planned closing is set for either Thursday or Friday. According to a memo sent to City Council on Monday, Ladder 5 is moving to McKeon Road Fire Station this week, while Engine 12 is moving to the Franklin Street Fire Station. As planned, UMass will move ambulances to the station. Starting Friday, ambulances will park on the front apron; they will occupy the old firehouse once renovations are finished.
Daily Archives: March 11, 2009
After a never-ending delay, the city has come to an agreement with community access station WCCA. According to station head Mauro DePasquale, under the 5-year agreement (roughly equivalent to the remaining Charter contract), the station will be receiving 55% of the cable franchise fee, down from 60% under the previous agreement; and a $300,000 capital grant, down from $350,000 under the last agreement. In an e-mail, DePasquale says there is nothing in the deal about adding an additional channel for public access, as WCCA has asked for, and that the station hasn’t heard what the percentages translate to in terms of dollars. “We will be assessing the impact of the new agreement over the course of the next 8 months or so,” writes DePasquale. “Community support was important in making it possible for WCCA to continue it’s services and meet the city’s community media needs. We are happy the city manager believes in the importance of public access.”