That the City Manager work with the Fire Department to evaluate the existing capacity of fire stations in the Kendall Square area and whether a new fire station is needed, and if so, determining the feasibility of locating a plot of land for this use.
|Department:||City Clerk's Office, AM||Sponsors:||Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Marc C. McGovern, Councillor Timothy J. Toomey|
The biotech industry, research laboratories and life sciences have had a significant presence in the Kendall Square area for several years and there have recently been concerted efforts to develop the Kendall Square area into more of a mixed-use district, including residential in addition to business, biotech and life science uses; and
Increasing development in Kendall Square presents new challenges to the City’s delivery of emergency services, such as an increasing number of buildings and higher building heights, the increased growth of research laboratories and other facilities, and more people to manage during an emergency; and
The increase in the number of residents in Kendall Square may lead to an increased demand for services, particularly emergency services; and
Kendall Square is not currently home to a fire station; and
Nearby fire stations, such as those in East Cambridge and Lafayette Square, should be included in a feasibility study to evaluate the City’s capacity to respond to emergencies that could arise in the Kendall Square area; now therefore be it
That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Fire Department and any other appropriate departments to evaluate the existing capacity of fire stations near the Kendall Square area to respond to emergencies including whether a new fire station is needed, and if so, to determine the feasibility of locating a plot of land, City owned or otherwise, for the purpose of building a new fire station to serve the Kendall Square neighborhood; and be it further
That the City Manager report back to the City Council in a timely manner.