Construction on the new Hudson fire station is officially underway after the city held a groundbreaking on Tuesday, June 28 at the Ward Avenue site.

The new building will be nearly 30,000 square feet and two stories. It will include an apparatus bay, gear grid room training room and administrative space as well as living quarters.

Hudson Common Council budgeted $6.95 million for the new station, including contingencies and design.

A new facility at a new location was recommended in 2017 after a space needs study was done on the department.

The department will move into the new station by May 1, Chief Scott St. Martin said.

A webcam, available on the hudsonfd.org site, will track the progress of construction.

St. Martin thanked the mayor and common council for the support on the project.

"Thank you for the firefighters because if we didn't have the firefighters, we wouldn't have the station," he said.