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Winsted Ambulance to expand building

WINSTED — The Winsted Ambulance Association has announced plans to add to its building at 655 Main St.Built in 2002, the facility is currently 4,320 square feet, with 1,815 square feet of garage space and 2,396 square feet of office space on the building’s only floor.The other parts of the building are the porch, which is 77 square feet, and the top canopy, which is 32 square feet.Association President Jeff Liskin said the plans are to add a second floor to the building.“We have outgrown the space that we have,” Liskin said. “We currently only have one office shared during the day by six officers plus two paid staff members. That’s eight people trying to share one small office.”Liskin said the expansion plans call for taking the two bunk rooms on the first floor and moving them to the second floor, creating two additional office spaces on the first floor.The expansion plans also call for putting a training room on the second floor.“We currently have a training room, but it has cabinets that are built into it which take out about three feet from each side of the room,” Liskin said. “The new room will be a training room.Right now we are very limited in training capabilities because of the space situation. Once we construct a new training room, we will be able to have enough room for CPR classes, which will be open to the public as well.”Liskin said all of the proper permits needed for the expansion have been obtained.“We had to get a lot of permits because of the stream next to the building,” he said. “We got permits from the Department of Environmental Protection, the Inland Wetlands Commission and Planning and Zoning.”Liskin said the cost of the expansion is estimated at $700,000 to $750,000.“The building will be paid for by the association itself,” he said. “We are a standalone organization and not a part of the town. No tax dollars will be used for the expansion.”The architect for the project is Joseph Alicata from East Hartford.Liskin said the organization has not yet chosen a construction company to work on the project.

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