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City council passes on land swap for new fire and EMS facility

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- The Saratoga Springs City Council passed on a land swap that could have lead to a third fire and EMS facility on the city's east side.

Due to lack of support from members, the council failed to bring the proposal to a vote during Tuesday's meeting. Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen proposed selling the city owned Collamer Lot on Broadway to a private developer for $775,000. In return, the developer would sell a 14 acre parcel on Union Avenue and Meadowbrook Road to the city for $200,000.

Although most council members expressed interest in building a third fire and EMS facility, they expressed concern about the loss of parking spaces on Broadway, and about the cost of building and staffing a third facility.

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