All four stations have outgrown their useful life. They do not meet the current standards and codes of modern-day stations.
Fire HQ – Built in 1977
Station 81 – Built 1953
Station 82 – Built 1977, Annexed from Franklin Township, renovated in 1997 as it was a volunteer fire station without living quarters or a working kitchen
Station 85 – Built 1965
Fire Suppression: do not meet Ohio Building Code (OBC) for fire suppression. None of the stations are sprinklered.
Egress: Sleeping areas are not fire suppressed and windows do not minimum size requirements for egress.
ADA: do not meet accessibility requirements.
Structural: do meet requirements for an essential facility.
Mechanical: do meet requirements for make-up air.
The idea to build four new fire stations at the same time is to take advantage of the historically low interest rates, the same route the City was able to do with the paving levy project. In total, the four new stations will cost $16.6 million.
The full cost of designing, furnishing, and constructing the four (4) new facilities is estimated at $16,667,500 all-in. This is calculated as 56,500 combined square feet at a cumulative $295/square-foot cost.
That total further breaks down as:
- Station #81; 10,200 sq. ft. (2-bay): $3,009,000
- Station #85; 10,200 sq. ft. (2-bay): $3,009,000
- Station #82; 11,800 sq. ft. (3-bay): $3,481,000
- HQ: 24,300 sq. ft. (5-bay): $7,168,500
TOTAL: 56,500 sq. ft. $16,667,500Additional estimated development costs make the total construction costs $16.8 million.
Determining the location to build a fire station involves several factors. Some of those factors include: travel times, roadway accessibility, first-due area impact, neighborhood type, and land availability.
This configuration does not resolve the problem of the Effective Response Force response times being longer than target goals, additional personnel to keep engine companies staffed would keep companies available except in the most extreme response scenarios.
Fire Headquarters/Station 83: Relocated from Roosevelt Boulevard to Yankee Road and Cherry Street, former Garfield School site.
Station 81: Relocated from North Clinton Street to Charles Street and Henry Avenue, former Jefferson School site.
Station 82: Moved from Dixie Highway to Atrium Boulevard and Ohio 122.
Station 85: Moved from Central Avenue to Sophie Street and Stolz Drive, an undeveloped portion of Dowling Park.
Chief Paul Lolli and Asst. Chief Tom Snively presented to city council at the January 2021 strategic planning session about the need for four new first station.
The July 6 city council meeting can be viewed here:
Chief Lolli and City Manager Jim Palenick discussed the issue on an Updates with the City Manager video on July 8, 2021
A video was produced to share this information
A first reading for Resolution No. R2021-29 was brought to city council on July 6, 2021. A second reading was brought to city council on July 20, 2021.
Resolution No. R2021-29, a resolution declaring the City Council of the City of Middletown, Ohio’s intent to proceed with placing a 1-mill property tax levy on the May 2022 election ballot for the purposes of providing funding for the construction of certain fire station improvements for use by the City of Middletown Division of Fire. Click Here for More