Fire Dept. Requesting 10-12 New Call Personnel When Market Street Opens

Top priority for fire dept. is a fire inspector, followed by call personnel to handle projected upswing in service calls.

As noted during the town's recent budget process and also in on Lynnfield Patch, the police department is expecting to add two new officers to the force next spring when the Market Street at Lynnfield project is getting ready to open. The department also expects to have its first full-time detective in place before then.

So, that invites the question - what kind of staffing or equipment needs does the fire department expect to deal with when the new development is open for business? This week, Lynnfield Patch checked in with Fire Chief Tom Bogart to learn more.

According to Bogart, the fire department's first request is for a dedicated fire inspector to be on the job as the development begins to take shape.

"The obvious concern is the amount of work that will have to be done in terms of inspections and permit approvals for the various 'build outs' of all the individual tenants, including residential, retail and restaurants," said Bogart, adding that when complete, the project will have 180 residential units, a community center and dozens of businesses - potentially as many as 67, he estimated. "There will be a significant amount of inspectional work needed to be done," he added.

Bogart also reported that he is asking for 10 to 12 new call firefighter/EMT personnel (none of whom would be full-timers) based on an expected upswing in service calls after Market Street opens. The Lynnfield fire chief said he has consulted with his counterpart in Dedham, where the comparable Legacy Place development has reportedly spurred about 100 more medical and fire-related service calls in that town per year.

For what it's worth, Legacy Place already has several of the same high-profile tenants that have already announced as opening up in 2013 in Market Street at Lynnfield - specifically, Legal C Bar, King's, The Yard House, and Whole Foods. At this week's selectmen's meeting, it was noted that when Market Street at Lynnfield is up and running, the businesses will be able to stay open until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday and then until 11:30 p.m. during the week.

Outside of the additional call personnel, Bogart said that the department does not anticipate the need for major upgrades on the equipment front.

"We won't need any additional fire trucks or different types of trucks.  We have an adequate ladder truck, which is fairly new (2006).  We also have a new ambulance and two back-up, unmanned engines and ambulances," added Bogart.

Joe Y. May 23, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Taxes going up again!
Sydney May 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Simply a failure of our town leaders and citizens to actually think thru what this would all mean ... not a surprise to anyone with a ounce of common sense. Sad, simply sad
worried citizen May 23, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I have absorbed the tax increases in this town over the last 20 years. My reward is that my kid gets kicked off his school bus route in a cost-saving move by the town. Yet, we will be increasing services for Market Street needs. How about taking care of your residents first...disgraceful!
Gerry MacDonald May 23, 2012 at 02:55 PM
I would hope they would increase the Fire Department
Citizen X May 23, 2012 at 03:08 PM
You do realize that Market Street has already paid $1.5 million in fees to the town in 2008 and 2009 and that it projected to generate net annual income to the town of $1 million? Right? If anything this should provide taxpayer relief to Lynnfield residents. Our town lacks a strong commercial tax base. This should help take some of the tax burden off of our residential base.
Angry Dave May 23, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Citizen X, do YOU realize that those projections are bogus? Between the additional fire and police that will be needed (and trust me, they will need LOTS of police), even with your numbers, this will be a HUGE drain on the town coffers. Not to mention the quality of life. And the supposed tax burden relief you say we will receive...laughable. If my taxes went down or stayed the same for more than 2 years, I will give you my house.
Don May 23, 2012 at 06:24 PM
We all voted this in, didn't we?
Citizen X May 23, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Angry Dave, I guess that you must be privy to some figures that the rest of us don't have. I'd love to have a look at some of your projections and your underlying documentation. Until I see them, I'd argue that YOUR assertions are bogus. The numbers that I provided are net, meaning the revenue is net of any projected burden (police, fire, etc.).
melissa sorrentino May 24, 2012 at 12:27 PM
What i'm wondering is... why are we comparing this place to Legacy Place as far as needs. The demographics of the town are not the same as Lynnfield. I have family in Westwood and i'm pretty familiar with the area.. Dedham to people who live near there is considered more like a city. Legacy Place for me is like a city within a city. I know National Development did that project as well, but WS Development did Derby Street Shops. I have family that live in that area too and they love Derby Street Shops and I've never heard them call it a mall nor have I heard them complain of any trouble.. it's called Derby Street Shops and it's successful despite being so close to Braintree Plaza, which is a huge mall with similar stores. I'm not pitching any sides here. Legacy Place is 675,000 sq feet, Derby Street Shops is 436,000 sq ft and Market Street is 395,000 sq ft of retail. Our real estate values are similar to Hingham and Derby Street Shops is supposedly "one of the most successful open air shopping centers in the country" Since we have to live with this because this is what it is.. I would like more data and statistics reported to help us better understand and I hope this project goes in the direction of looking more like Derby Street and not Legacy. Thanks :)
Don May 24, 2012 at 12:37 PM
I think about the Green River resort in Las Vegas. Restaurants, shops and live jazz bands on the beautifully kept walkways. Now, can Boston keep the sidewalks clean? I worry about that.
Joe Y. May 25, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I hope the tax revenue generated from this project works out for the town if not will our taxes go up. Get ready to take another tax hit!
Greg Liacos May 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Citizen X one concern I have is in the long term tax revenue to the town, direct and indirect, will only be moderate and will not defray the residential tax rates. Most of these types of developments almost always file for tax abatements. The cities & towns have mixed results winning these at the Appellate Tax Board. Often a multi-year settlement is made between the parties. The ability to maintain long term high rental rates at MarketStreet is questionable. There are too many like competitors in the area which puts pressure on keeping the rental rates low enough to maintain occupancy which obviously favors tax relief for the owner not the town. See Cummings Properties, Simon Properties, etc.
Greg Liacos May 25, 2012 at 11:34 AM
One further note: The residential values of homes on Walnut and the immediate surrounding streets will decline. Accordingly tax value will decline. I for one will be filing for an abatement each and every year and plan to help my neighbors to do so as well. I have some confidence a favorable outcome can eventually be achieved at the Appellate Tax Board. In the long term, the likely decline in tax revenue from the residential tax base will make a significant offset to any revenue generated from MarketStreet's revenue contribution.
Wallace McKenzie May 28, 2012 at 09:29 PM
There was fiscal impact report done by Connery Associates for the Town back in March of 2007 when the Economic Development and Housing Advisory Committee (EDHAC) and Board of Selectmen were selling Market Street to the town. At that time it was stated that two additional personnel would be required primarily as ambulance staff. They also believed one new full time position may be needed. They estimated that with a mix of full and part time people the total cost would be 210,000 a year. Please go to www.topics01940.org on Wednesday and we will have the report there.
Wallace McKenzie May 31, 2012 at 02:25 AM
The Connery Fiscal Impact Report for Market Street has been added to www.topics01940.org Interesting read as the project moves forward.


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