Glenview Fire Department

Glenview Fire Department

The Chicago Tribune (local) has an article about updated plans for the new fire department headquarters being built in Glenview.

Final designs are underway for the new Glenview Fire Department headquarters near the village hall campus.

Glenview trustees recently discussed the project at 1215 Waukegan Road, the site of a former police station.

The fire station had to move from its location at 1815 Glenview Road because that site is part of a four-story development between Pine and Church streets.

The former police department building, which has been vacant for six or seven years, was originally considered for renovation, but after the village looked closer at the costs of updates it was decided to tear down the building and construct a new one, said Village Manager Todd Hileman.

“There was no real budgetary difference between rehabbing and ripping the building out and starting anew,” Hileman said.

The project, budgeted at about $5.5 million, is scheduled to be finalized by the village trustees in August, he said.

“We are currently bidding out the work right now for demolition and site work,” he said, adding that the former police station is scheduled to be demolished in September.

During a July 16 village meeting, trustees directed the architects to look into expanding the station so it can accommodate three fire trucks. They also considered different options for the size and material of the building’s roof that could change the cost of the project.

Trustee Michael Jenny supported expanding the station, increasing the number of bunk beds from six to nine, and other officials agreed.

“I’d be much more inclined to spend on flexibility as opposed to aesthetic improvements,” Jenny said during the meeting, adding that he would prefer the cheaper shingled roof.

Most of the other trustees also favored a shingled roof instead of a metal one, which costs more but lasts longer, according to the project’s planners.

Fire Chief Wayne Globerger said he would prefer to expand the station even more to include a half bay for the battalion chief’s vehicle. This way during winter time, for example, the battalion chief, who travels to every incident in town, could easily access his car through the garage, Hileman explained.

But Globerger said the department could adjust its operational details.

“We’ll make it work with whatever you give us,” Globerger said.

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Previously we posted articles on the move and temporary quarters.

The entire packet with drawings can be downloaded : GlenviewSta6.