South Portland city and fire officials opened a new fire station after more than a year of construction, reports Portland Press Herald.
The fire department posted to Facebook, “This afternoon we revealed our new Cash Corner Fire Station. This has been a long journey and are excited to be back in the Cash Corner area. In May 2016 significant mold was found in the old station. After 12 months of meetings and testing ideas were developed on how to mitigate the mold. A full renovation would be needed to bring the building up to today’s requirements or a full replacement of the fire station. Here we are 4 years later with a beautiful state of the art fire station that will serve the citizens and visitors of South Portland for many years to come. Thank you to the citizens for voting for our station! Thank you to City leadership and our City counsel! Construction began in February 2020. A short time after the Covid pandemic began and construction continued. Thank you to Sebago Technics and Great Falls Construction for your hard work and dedication to this project!”
The new station represents an upgrade to the original building, which dated back to the 1970s and was razed in early 2020. The old building, fire officials said, was outdated and too small for the department’s needs for years, but the discovery of mold in the walls in 2018 led to the decision to replace it with the new structure.