City buys fire station site

First of two stations will be in business park near McKee Road
Mark Ignatowski

Photo by Mark Ignatowski. The city’s northwest firestation will be built on the corner of Marketplace Drive and Executive Drive near Break Away Sports Center.

The city has selected a site for one of two new fire stations planned to be built within the next few years.

The Common Council last month made an offer to purchase Lot 7 of the Fitchburg Business Park for around $592,000. The lot is located on the northwest corner of Marketplace Drive and Executive Drive near Break Away Sports Center.

Ald. Carol Poole (Dist. 1) said the site will also be near the new Madison Gas and Electric training facility and will provide additional training opportunities.

“They mentioned they’d love to train with our police and fire departments,” Poole said of the utility company.

City officials have been planning to build two new fire stations within the next few years. The land purchased last month will be home to the northwest station. A second, larger northeast station will be located closer to Fish Hatchery Road.

The council had identified the site as a potential location in April and recently conducted an appraisal, city documents show.

The lot was owned by All Soccer Inline Hockey, LLC and was appraised at $590,000. The city also covered $2,500 worth of appraisal and title work, and will cover closing costs, as well.

The city plans to spend about $11.6 million on construction for the two stations, according to city documents. Another $1.9 million is planned for land acquisition, design and engineering.

Ald. Jason Gonzalez (D-3), a Fitchburg firefighter, said the department is excited to see the project get started.

“They’re happy to see that we’re moving forward with the project as we said we would,” Gonzalez said.

The Fire Station Oversight Committee’s recommended plan calls for designing and building the northwest station this year and next year. The department could occupy that station as soon as late 2015 or early 2016, according to the plan.

At the same time, the city would work to acquire land for the second station. The larger northeast station – which will house the administrative offices – would be built in 2016 and 2017, with the department moving in late 2017.

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