The City of Toledo on Tuesday started the reconstruction of Fire Station No. 3 in north Toledo after engineers said the structure needed improvement.
The project cost $2.83 million. The building will add 7,000 square feet of space to the existing station.
â??Our paramount concern in closing the fire station three was ensuring firefighter safety,â?? said Luis Santiago, Chief of the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department. â??This new facility will enable us to continue service in this neighborhood and ensure that our firefighters have a safe, high quality place to live and work while on their tour.â??
Fire Station No. 3â??s last remodeling took place in the 1990s. The station had structural cracks in the floor and debris fell from the ceiling of the basement. Engineers determined the existing station could no longer structurally support the weight of the equipment and apparatus currently used. The city plans to finish the project by spring of 2014.
The existing fire station building will provide housing and office space for the firefighters. In addition to the interior renovation and expansion, the exterior of the building will be repaired.