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Lafayette safety plans taking shape

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    The $3 million Lafayette Township safety services/fire station will be constructed on 8 acres of land in Innovation Park.

    IMAGE COURTESY OF MCCALL SHARP ARCHITECTURE

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LAFAYETTE TWP. — After about five years of discussion, the township could see construction begin on a new fire station in the first quarter of 2018.

Trustees met with architect Edward McCall, principal of McCall Sharp Architecture, based in Springfield, on Monday afternoon to review plans for the proposed safety services/fire station to be constructed on 8ᄑ acres of land in Innovation Park near the intersection of Lake Road and state Route 162.

The project includes a painted area outside of the apparatus bays designated for helicopter landing.

“Right now we’re landing in bean fields or in front of our baseball fields (by the township buildings),” Trustee Lynda Bowers said.

Concerning costs, Bowers said items such as landscaping and parking lot material costs — totaling about $66,000 — could be subtracted from the construction cost by having the township’s service department perform the work.

“I feel optimistic about the numbers,” Bowers said. “I can see us being under

$3 million (for the construction costs).”

Township voters approved a 2.5-mill levy in November that will generate about $4 million over 15 years to pay for the construction.

The department operates out of the 5,699-square-foot Fire Station No. 1 on Wedgewood Road and 4,420-square-foot Fire Station No. 2 on Heather Hedge Drive in Chippewa Lake.

“Space is a huge concern right now,” Fire Chief Jeff Hall said. “This will allow the department to grow more and expand our staffing.”

The proposed 19,748-square-foot, masonry building would include:

  • six double-spaced apparatus bays;
  • three offices;
  • meeting room;
  • six bunk rooms;
  • exercise room;
  • day room/kitchen;
  • eight restrooms;
  • training tower;
  • storage room;
  • turnout gear space;
  • health clinic;
  • two training mezzanines.

The department is staffed 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. It has 40 personnel, including Hall.

“We would be capable of having a 24/7 status (with the new building) in the future,” Hall said. “Our current facilities wouldn’t accommodate that.”

Bowers said trustees, Hall and a committee of residents — each with a specialty in the construction process — began preliminary discussions with McCall about the building layout and design at the beginning of the year.

They since have met on a biweekly or monthly basis throughout the process.

Their next scheduled meeting is 2 p.m. Oct. 3 at the township administration building, 6776 Wedgewood Road.

McCall said his goal is to submit the drawings to the county building department in mid-October and advertise for bids in January.

“I think that’s a good schedule to work with,” he said. “It gives us time to do everything right.”

The land for the fire station is part of an area totaling 60.42 acres that has yet to be developed.

Other than the University of Akron’s Medina County University Center, there are no other occupants on the property.

Earlier this year, the Port Authority approved a resolution to negotiate the transfer of land for the project to the township and Medina County commissioners then donated the 8ᄑ acres to the township.

Contact reporter Halee Heironimus at (330) 721-4012 or hheironimus@medina-gazette.com.



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