Photo: A 3D rendering of what the new fire hall could look like in Fort St. John – Submitted
By Christine Rumleskie
Fort St. John’s firefighters are much closer to having a brand new fire hall in the Energetic City.
At the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday afternoon, Kim Johnston from Johnston Davidson Architecture and Planning Inc., presented the plans for the project.
Johnston says the building will be located on 93rd Avenue and 93rd Street, and will have a post-disaster design as well.
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The design incorporates a backup server for the City. It will also be able to house more trucks, and include a training room for the firefighters.
Johnston says the project is expected to cost around $10.5 million, which includes everything from planning to purchasing furniture.
City Manager Dianne Hunter says there’s enough money in the reserves to cover half of the facility’s costs, and the rest could come from the Fair Share grant. The Peace River Regional District will also provide $1.2 million. The chart below shows a break down of where the money will come from:
2010 Facility Upgrading Reserve $2,000,000
2010 Fair Share Reserve $3,000,000
2011 Reserves $2,000,000
2011 Fair Share $2,300,000
Peace River Regional District $1,200,000
Total Cost $ 10,500,000
A recommendation was presented at the City Council meeting on Monday, for the project to move forward to the Preparation of Construction Documentation Phase.
Hunter advised Councilors that if the recommendation were to pass, it would mean the City is serious about constructing a new fire hall.
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She says if the tenders come in too high, Council will have a chance to revisit the project before any decision is made.
The recommendation was passed unanimously. For a copy of the report presented to Council, download the pdf file below.