LAFAYETTE TWP. — Township trustees and members of the township fire department gathered Saturday at 6367 Technology Lane to break ground for the new safety services/fire station.
Trustee Lynda Bowers said planning began “intensely, on this facility” in Innovation Park about 2ﾽ years ago.
“Our current facility has a crumbling foundation. It’s got a bad roof. It’s got no restroom facilities. It’s got no washing facilities. … It violates every fire code and every building code,” Bowers said.
The new station is being funded with revenue from a 2.5-mill levy voters approved in November 2016 that will generate about $4 million over 15 years.
In April, trustees awarded North Canton-based Knoch Corp. the bid to build the safety services/fire station.
Knoch’s construction base bid was approximately $3.98 million. The total contract with all accepted alternates is about $4.1 million for the 22,500-square-foot building.
The fire department now operates out of the 5,699-square-foot Station No. 1 on state Route 162.
The service department will take over the old building and the township will “keep it until it dies,” Bowers said.
The fire department has a second station — 4,420 square feet — on Heather Hedge Drive in Chippewa Lake.
The new station is designed with multipurpose areas. For example, Bowers said, a conference room also can be used as a space for computers and as a training room.
Following the groundbreaking ceremony, people stayed for burgers, baked beans and dessert.
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