PELHAM — The long wait is over for Pelham firefighters.
The Fire Department is moving this weekend into the new fire station across the Village Green from Town Hall.
“They expect to take ownership Monday,” selectmen’s chairman Ed Gleason said.
It’s a big moment for the town.
Firefighters and town officials had pushed for years to get a new fire station before voters approved funding at Town Meeting a year ago.
Eckman Construction of Bedford built the $3.9 million fire station. Trident Project Advantage Group of Salem consulted with town officials on the project.
The fire station is coming in just a couple of weeks beyond the April 9 completion date officials expected last fall.
“It’s a beautiful facility,” Gleason said.
The timing couldn’t be better for Pelham.
It coincides with development of twin roundabouts in the town center. The fire station itself will complete a municipal complex at the Village Green that includes the library, police station and Town Hall.
The old fire station is slated for demolition and will open green space at the town center.
Gleason said it amounts to a milestone year for the community.
“This will be a wonderful time for Pelham,” Gleason said. “I think people will be pretty proud and this will be a matter of civic pride.”
Lisa Anne Landry, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, agrees this is an exciting time for the community.
“We’re working on a lot of things around the Fire Department’s new station,” she said. “It’s kind of cool.”
Besides the roundabouts and the new green space, Pelham officials are working toward a new mixed use zoning for the town center that could bring shops and restaurants to the town center, she said.
“We’re trying to make sure Pelham gets on the map and people know this is a desirable place to live,” Landry said. “That’s what we’re hoping for.”
While the new fire station is opening for business, a dedication ceremony will wait until later.
Gleason said that is expected to be scheduled for warmer weather, probably June.
Fire officials want time to properly set up their new quarters and to properly showcase items the firefighters’ union has donated for the station at the dedication, he said.
The Economic Development Committee, meanwhile, is moving ahead with plans for a breakfast May 17 at the Pinball Wizard Arcade on Bridge Street.
“We want to let businesses know the Pelham Economic Development Committee is there for them,” Landry said. “All businesses are welcome.”