NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The city broke ground Wednesday for the new fire station that will be built at 7000 Ranger Way, across from North Ridgeville Academic Center and Ranger Stadium.
“The project should be completed by spring 2019,” Chief John Reese said.
Council President Kevin Corcoran said voters approving a levy for the new station made the project come to fruition.
“City Council knew the condition the (old) station was in and didn’t want to put money into renovating it,” Corcoran said.
He said the new fire station was needed as the city’s population continues to grow.
The station was built in 1957 for a volunteer crew. Mayor David Gillock said the department and its needs have expanded.
“We had to do a makeshift living quarters with a trailer parked out back,” Gillock said. “There isn’t a good place to store sterile equipment or to clean the equipment.”
The mayor said he thought parents might be mad at having the fire station close to the school.
“I haven’t heard any negatives,” he said. “Most of what I heard was positive about having an emergency response so close to the school.”
The new facility will be 23,767 square feet and have two floors with a partial basement. There will be a training classroom, a conference room, a three-story training tower, a medical clean room for supplies, medical decontamination area, different equipment storages and a medical triage room.
Mull and Weithman Architects Inc. in Columbus designed the facility that will be completed by Infinity Construction in Warrensville Heights.
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