West Chester (OH) Fire Department Extends Stay in Temporary Station, Awaits Opening of New Home

Trustees approved an additional $40,000 funding to temporarily lease a space while the construction of the new Fire Station 73 continues.

According to a report from Journal-News, West Chester Township (OH) trustees approved an additional $40,000 funding to temporarily lease a space while the construction of the new Fire Station 73 continues. The total cost for the lease is now $121,593.

Township Administrator Larry Burks said last week that the township originally signed a one-year lease, from October 2019 through September 2020, with a month-to-month option after that period.

The estimated cost to raze the 50-year-old station on Duff Drive and build a new one was $3.5 million, with a budget of $3.7 million. The township received about a dozen bids and awarded a contract to Graybach LLC for $3.1 million, with contingencies the trustees approved up to $3.4 million about a year ago.

West Chester Fire Chief Rick Prinz said officials are hopeful the department can move into the new station in August or September, but the amount the trustees approved will take them through November in the temporary space. He said the start of construction was delayed, and they broke ground last June.

Prinz has said there were safety concerns with the existing station such as the location of turnout gear storage, which was in cages next to the Quint fire truck, making it difficult to get things in and out of the truck as well as the proximity to the fumes from the vehicles and sunlight that streams through the open bays, which degrading the fabric, made the equipment potentially unsafe, and exposed members to contaminants that can cause cancer.

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