After more than two years of planning, the city is moving ahead with the construction of a new fire station at the Glenlakes subdivision on Baldwin County 20.
The council approved a low bid of $868,000 from Bay Minette-based G.M. Stuart Inc. with the stipulation that some costs will be reduced.
The council’s decision follows efforts by Foley Fire Chief Joey Darby and architect David Adams of Robertsdale-based Adams Stewart Architects LLC to cut costs of the project, which was originally pegged at $600,000.
The bids in front of the council this week were the second round of bidding for a 4,000-square-foot station with two truck bays, a living area and space for a police satellite station.
Fire Station No. 3 will be built on land donated in 2012 by Glenlakes resident David Vosloh on Fairway Drive, south of Baldwin County 20 and east of the Beach Express, at the subdivision’s entrance. About seven acres around the station will be developed into commercial property by Vosloh.
The new station will replace an unmanned one that houses one engine on Baldwin County 12 and it will be the city’s second manned station. The city’s main fire station is on South Alston Street.
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