Construction has started on the new Engine Company 115 fire station in Chicago’s West Pullman Neighbourhood.
The city says the project has a $30 million value. The initial building permit has a $400,000 reported cost for a “monopole structure” for the station.
A statement from Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says “the new facility will be the second-largest fire station in the city, housing a CFD District Office, an Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) radio communication tower, and three ambulances.”
“From running into burning buildings to coming to our rescue in a time of need, Chicago’s firefighters and paramedics are nothing short of superheroes and they deserve nothing more than state-of-the-art resources and equipment to keep our residents safe,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “Today represents more than an investment in public safety infrastructure, but also an investment to stimulate growth and new jobs for our south side communities.”
With sleeping quarters, locker rooms, a workout facility, full-service kitchen with pantry and dining area and a laundry room, the 27,000-sq. ft., single-story fire station will be a home-away-from-home for approximately 20 firefighters/EMTs and eight officers. Additionally, the facility will also feature a state-of-the-art emergency communication hub, watchtower, open office spaces and a 4-bay apparatus room with a hose drying tower.
Anticipated to be open by summer 2020, the new fire station will be built on vacant land at 119th Street and Morgan Street, replacing the existing Engine Company 115 at 11940 South Peoria St.