The two new Highland Township (MI) Fire Department stations are coming to fruition, reports SpinalColumnOnline.com. The groundbreaking for Station 2 took place on May 26, and it has a completion date of June 2022. Station 1, located at 1600 West Highland Rd., is nearing completion, with plans to move in in August.
Voters approved the replacement of two of the three stations in August 2018. The original stations were built in the 1960s when the department had a fraction of the calls it receives today.
The original cost was $8.5 million for the stations, but that was pushed to $9.2 million by COVID complications, officials say.
The 9,600-square-foot Station 2 will face Wardlow Road. Its living area will include four dorm rooms, offices, a small storage area, and a lobby. The apparatus side will contain three bays and a room to clean equipment after a fire. Station 2 also boasts a 3,500-square-foot basement.
Station 1—15,811 square feet—began construction in April 2020. The living area will contain six dorm rooms with showers, offices, kitchen, dining and television areas, and a conference room that can be scheduled for public use.
The apparatus side of the building will include four drive-through bays, a training area, weight room, and an area for decontaminating fire uniforms and equipment after each fire.