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Cicero Fire Station No. 1 needs repairs

Cicero Fire Station No. 1 is in need of repairs to address numerous issues, including the fact that trucks and fire apparatus must back directly onto Route 11, causing a safety hazard, as pictured.

Cicero Fire Station No. 1 is in need of repairs to address numerous issues, including the fact that trucks and fire apparatus must back directly onto Route 11, causing a safety hazard, as pictured.

— For the renovation of Station 1, the costs will fall to the taxpayers within the fire district. For those residents, the department will hold an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at the station. The department has hired Hueber-Breuer Construction Company to manage the renovation project; Perrin said the company has helped them pare down their “wish list” and costs.

“We started with a Christmas list of every single thing we wanted,” he said. “We hired these guys to move it forward in that direction, and they really tore it apart to figure out what we needed and why we needed it, instead of us just saying, ‘This is what we’re doing. Come vote on it.’”

With Heuber-Breuer’s help, the CFD was able to come up with five options for the project, as follows:

Option 1: New 22,000-square-foot site at Station 1, larger administrative offices, drive-through apparatus bays, larger community hall. Total cost: $6.6 million.

Option 1B: New site at Station 1, reduced square footage. Keep the community hall the same. Smaller administrative offices. New apparatus bays, but not drive-through. Total cost: $5.4 million.

Option 2: New site at Station 2. Total cost: $4.7 million.

Option 3: Renovate Station 1 with stand-alone fire bays. Perrin said this option wasn’t viable, so the board of commissioners didn’t price it out.

Option 4: Partial demolition and renovation at Station 1. This involves taking the front end off the building, moving it to the side of the site and renovating the existing community hall. Total cost: $4.9 million.

Option 5: Consolidation of the two stations. Due to the nature of the call volume throughout the district and the need to maintain response times at under four minutes, this option is also not viable so the board didn’t price it out.

After deliberating, the board opted to go with Option 1B, as that seemed the most viable and cost-effective option.

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