Hawaii Fire Officials Seek New Fire Station

The Hawaii Fire Department is seeking an additional $6 million to build a new station in Hilo, as the projected price tag of the facility has nearly doubled following an additional cost assessment.

The County Council previously approved a $6 million allocation for the 12,000-square-foot fire house. The council is set to meet on Tuesday to review another $6 million request.

Public Works building division chief, David Yamamoto, says the project’s environmental assessment estimated the cost of the station at $5.9 million last year, but that figure has jumped to nearly $11.2 million.

Yamamoto says the initial cost estimate was based on construction of the fire station in Kona in 2012, which cost $7 million.

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