New Orleans’ Lower 9th Opens New Station

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—A new $4.3 million fire station in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans is a large building, equipped to handle a storm like Katrina. It will serve to replace Engines 22 and 39 Stations, which were destroyed by the infamous storm.

The new station has a generator allowing it to stay powered for up to 3 days. It also has plenty of space and modern facilities for firefighters such as individual dorm rooms, a fitness center, an elevator, and communal spaces.

“This state-of-the-art facility will give our first responders the sustainability to safeguard the citizens of this community throughout an emergency situation and it goes a long way in achieving a revitalized Ninth Ward neighborhood,” said New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent Timothy McConnell.

The intersection where the fire station is located is experiencing a dramatic renaissance.

Across the street, construction crews are putting the finishing touches on the exterior of the $19 million Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center that broke ground in March 2013. The facility will have an indoor pool and is expected to open in the coming months.

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