GREEN — The city could have a third fire station by the end of next year as City Council voted Tuesday to hire Prime AE Group of Akron to prepare plans to construct a new fire station in the northeast quadrant from Raber Road to the city's northern boundary with Akron and Coventry Township.
The firm is to provide design, construction documents and other related services with the cost not to exceed $316,988.
Council approved the agreement on second reading. This is not a new appropriation since $500,000 for the project already is in the capital improvement budget.
The city’s central Station 1 is on Massillon Road at Steese Road, while Station 2 is located on East Turkeyfoot Lake Road just east of Cottage Grove Road.
The city has initially planned for an estimated 13,000-square-foot facility, just slightly larger than Station 2, which is just under 11,000 square feet, according to Fire Chief Jeff Funai.
The chief explained the extra space is to deal with a hot-zone bay for decontamination, plus a warm zone/transition zone and an area where fire medics would be housed.
Funai had said earlier he hopes to have an ambulance and pumper at the new site, along with two officers and a lieutenant on each shift.
“The northeast sector is the farthest we have to go at this point and it is growing, which is why another station is important for the protection of homes and businesses in that area,” Funai said in a recent interview.
The chief said the site of the proposed station isn’t being disclosed because of legal activity involving one of two properties being considered.
Funai told council the cost of the new station could run $3.5 million to $4.3 million.
Funai is hoping construction could begin next March and be completed before the end of 2019.
He said the city also is actively seeking a construction manager to work with Prime AE Group now through completion of construction.
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