Construction is set to begin this July at the site of the abandoned public library on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Jackson Street.
This will be a four-story building spanning 34,000 square feet. It will serve as an emergency shelter with full generator capacity — complete with bays large enough to house the fire trucks.
The overall cost registers at $7.7 million. Funding for this project comes from a separate budget that cannot be used to pay firefighter salaries.
“We’re excited that we’re going to get a new station. The one we’re in now was built back in the 50s. It’s not meeting our needs and with the workshop today, it’s been very positive,” Bowen said.
Public Works expects construction will take 15 to 18 months. Firefighters are expected to move into the new station by the end of 2016.
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