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.

For more details, see http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/10/lower_9th_ward_opens_new_43_mi.html

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