Plans for the new Smithfield Fire Station at 321 George Washington Highway have been put on hold again after bids for construction came in too high, according to Fire Chief Robert Seltzer.
Seltzer’s request to rescind requests for proposals for construction of the new station was approved at a March 7 Town Council meeting.
Speaking to the council, Seltzer said the bids came in “extremely high and out of range” for what the department has planned to build. Seltzer said the Fire Station Building Committee is reviewing options for other plans.
He said they’re reviewing the project to come up with other cost savings.
Only two construction companies responded to the request for proposals, said Seltzer, both more than double the original budget.