Groundbreaking For New Westwood Fire Station
New Fire Station No. 35 Enhances Fire Services In Westwood
Project Signifies Continued Investment In City's Largest Neighborhood
City of Cincinnati officials and the Westwood community broke ground Thursday at the site of the new Fire Station 35 for the City's second busiest fire company.
The new fire station will provide better access and enhanced fire protection services to Westwood and will be completed in the fall of 2013. The $5.4 million capital improvement project will replace the existing Westwood fire station built in 1912.
"New fire stations can serve as catalysts for communities. This new fire station will be a beacon of the City's commitment to a strong and safe Westwood," Mayor Mallory said. "The new station has several innovative features that will improve response time, with enhanced access and also keep the building's operating costs low."
At approximately 18,000 square feet, the station is more than twice the size of the current facility and will be the third fire station the City has built since 2008. The station will be built to LEED Silver standards, which will include many environmentally sustainable features.
"This new firehouse allows CFD to move from a 105-year-old station that only has one bay for an engine company to a new station which will allow us to have an engine company, a medic unit, and medic supervisor to better serve Westwood and the surrounding community," said Fire Chief Richard Braun. "With a record number of applicants, including minority and female individuals for our next Fire Recruit class, this fire house will provide our firefighters with the necessary tools, living space, and especially new female facilities."
The development of the new fire station furthers economic and community development projects in the Westwood neighborhood. Madcap Puppets headquarters will be relocating and expanding into the Bell Building in Westwood. WestCURC, Westwood Works and Madcap Puppets are currently working on the establishment of an Entertainment District in Westwood which will continue to draw people to this area.
Over the last five years, WestCURC had rehabbed over $500,000 worth of housing through the NSP in Westwood. Also through the City's economic development efforts Total Quality Logistics, LLC will locate into the City of Cincinnati adding 80 full time jobs earning approximately $39,000 a year. The City has several transportation projects that are underway and near completion on Montana and Harrison avenues.
"The installation of this new fire station right on Harrison Avenue further signifies our commitment to safety, transportation, and neighborhood investment right here in Westwood which will continue to spur development," said City Manager Milton Dohoney.
Westwood Civic Association President Jimmy Kimmet reminded those in attendance that the site of the new fire station was the first site surveyed in 2008 through the City's nationally award-winning Neighborhood Enhancement Program.
The design team included the City's Facilities Management Division of the Public Services Department, MSA architects and DER Development. The project has exceeded the City's Small Business Enterprise (SBE) goals with 20% of the work for this project going to small businesses.
The City also announced that Fire Department had been awarded a $5.9 million SAFER grant, which would fund the payroll for a recruit class of 40 firefighters for two years. The Department also just received $25,000 grant for fire prevention and arson.