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fire station proposed within new high-rise

Proposed new fire station for CFD Engine 42. Goettsch Partners

Excerpts from chicagocurbed.com:

Developer Friedman Properties has released new details regarding its earlier announced planto replace Engine Co. 42’s firehouse at the southwest corner of Illinois and Dearborn streets with a new station topped by a glassy 29-story office building. If approved, the project would represent the first public-private partnership of its kind in the city of Chicago.

The fully modernized firehouse is proposed for the site of a small parking lot to the immediate west of the existing public safety facility. The three-story station would include three apparatus bays on the main level with living quarters and new office space for the city’s Fire Prevention Bureau above.

Once the new station is up and running, the outdated building will be demolished and replaced by a 455-foot office building. Designed to seamlessly wrap-around the firehouse, the proposed glass and aluminum-clad tower at 444 N. Dearborn Street will feature a multi-story lobby with retail space and a tenant amenity mezzanine. Fifty below-grade parking spots will be reserved exclusively for office and fire department use.

The developer will pay nearly $11 million into Chicago’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund in exchange for density bonuses. The site’s existing underlying zoning (DX-7 Downtown Mixed-Use District) will remain unchanged.

 

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New fire station for Elk Grove FPD

From a reader:

Drove past Elk Grove Village Station 10 today and here’s the construction progress.

Elk Grove Village Fire Station 10

Elk Grove Village Fire Station 10

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As seen around … Westmont

From Chi-Town Fire Photos

Westmont Fire Station 183

Westmont Fire Station 183. Chi-Town Fire Photos

Westmont FDBattalion Chief

Westmont Battalion Chief. Chi-Town Fire Photos

Westmont FD Ambulance 183

Westmont Ambulance 183. Chi-Town Fire Photos

Westmont FD Engine 183

Westmont Engine 183. Chi-Town Fire Photos

Westmont FD Ladder 183

Westmont Ladder 183. Chi-Town Fire Photos

Westmont FD Squad 183

Westmont Squad 183. Chi-Town Fire Photos

Westmont FD Ambulance 184

Westmont Ambulance 184. Chi-Town Fire Photos

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Berwyn Fire Department history

Former Berwyn FD Station 1 at 6728 W. Windsor built in 1896.

Former Berwyn FD Station 1 built in 1896.

Former Berwyn FD Station 1 built in 1896.

thanks Josh

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the Dailyherald.com:

Barring any unforeseen obstacle, Mount Prospect will be moving its downtown fire station to the north side of the village. With one dissenting vote, trustees agreed to pay about $1.48 million for a building at 111 E. Rand Road. The building will be remodeled and replace the current fire station and headquarters at 112 E. Northwest Highway.

The village now has a 60-day due diligence period to review the property’s environmental suitability and structural condition.

Officials say the new location will mean significant improvements to response times in areas where the fire department has struggled to achieve its four-minute objective. An independent study by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association indicated there would be major improvement in areas that include Prospect High School, Randhurst Village, the Boxwood neighborhood and the Kensington Business Center.

Buying an existing building and remodeling it will save the village as much as $3.7 million compared to building a new fire station from the ground up, officials say.

thanks Dan

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Rolling Meadows Fire Department news

rendering of new fire station for Rolling Meadows

Courtesy of the City of Rolling Meadows

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Rolling Meadows officials unveiled renderings of the city’s two new fire stations along with a $13 million budget estimate, $4 million more than estimates developed at least five years ago, for how much the relocation plan will cost.

The price of acquiring land for the two stations was more than predicted, along with the expected cost of stormwater detention. Another higher expense is for a vehicle exhaust system that will be installed in the stations. The city plans to pay for the project by issuing general obligation bonds. Preliminary plans discussed Tuesday involve borrowing $13 million for the fire stations and another $2 million to $7 million for roads and utilities citywide.

Under one scenario, the city could do a $10 million bond issue this year, and another $5 million to $10 million issue next year. The city has hiked its property tax levy 4.8 percent in each of the last two years — mainly to fund police and fire pensions and roads, and another levy increase is probable.

The city is planning to build the new firehouses to replace the two existing stations, with a goal of improving response times and reducing fire risk throughout town. Station 15, at 3111 Meadow Drive, was built in 1958, and Station 16, at 2455 S. Plum Grove Road, was built in 1980. The site plans for both stations is similar.

Last month, crews completed demolition of a restaurant at 3201 Algonquin Road, where construction is set to begin in August on the new 12,700-square-foot Station 15. The city is now closing on property at 2320-2350 Hicks Road for the new 12,900-square-foot Station 16, for which construction would start 6-8 weeks after work begins on Station 15. The Hicks Road site has yet to be cleared of two buildings.

Officials expect to go out to bid in the next month. Construction of the stations could take 18 months.

thanks Dan

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New use for old Chicago firehouse

Excerpts from chicago.curbed.com:

A former fire house in Beverly for Engine 121 was redesigned into a sharp, stylish factory and headquarters for bespoke hatmaker, Optimo.

After 25 years, Optimo needed to expand and recruited architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to create a new space in a 100-year-old decommissioned firehouse at 1700 W. 95th Street. The 7,700-square-foot, two-story building houses a design team, operations, and production.

The new headquarters is highly customized for the small team, which can spend up to six weeks crafting one hat. Throughout the workspace you’ll see elegant 12-foot open steel shelves displaying handmade hats which range from $395 to $1,000. The machinery for trimming, shaping, and steaming is beautiful too and finished in matte black. Elements of glazed brick, blackened steel, walnut, and cork create an earthy but luxurious feel.

On the second floor, the new design embraces the building’s history as a fire station by inserting porthole windows in the floor where firepoles had existed. A 10-foot circular light fixture centers the room which is decorated with collections of custom tools and historic hats.

Off to the side, there is a lounge area with leather sofas, brass light fixtures, and more hats on display. The second floor can also double as an event space with a full kitchen and staging area where the original firehouse showers once stood.

thanks Dennis and Austin

renovated former Chicago firehouse

Tom Rossiter photo

renovated former Chicago firehouse

Tom Rossiter photo

renovated former Chicago firehouse

Tom Rossiter photo

renovated former Chicago firehouse

Tom Rossiter photo

renovated former Chicago firehouse

Tom Rossiter photo

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Lake Ridge Fire Protection District news

This from Eric Haak:

Here are a couple of images of the new firehouse for the Lake Ridge Fire Protection District in Calumet Township, Indiana.

Lake Ridge Fire Protection District fire station

Eric Haak photo

Lake Ridge Fire Protection District fire station

Eric Haak photo

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Elk Grove Village Fire Department news (more)

Rendering of new fire station for Elk Grove Village IL

Excerpts from the Journal-topics.com:

Elk Grove Village is ready to start work on two new fire stations. Demolition of the existing fire station at 676 Meacham Rd. is expected to begin Monday, Feb. 19. A new Fire Station No. 10 will be built at that site. Demolition of a building on recently purchased property at 700 Fargo Ave., a site which will serve as the new firehouse for firefighters from stations at Oakton and Lively and 1655 Greenleaf Ave., is expected in late February.

Both stations are expected to break ground in late March or early April and be completed in summer 2019.   The Fargo station is expected to cost $12 million. The Meacham station is expected to cost $12 million. 

Firefighters from the Meacham station will soon move into temporary trailers on the grounds of the newly renovated west side public works facility on Biesterfield Road. Firefighters at the Oakton and Greenleaf stations will remain at those houses until the new Fargo station is completed.

At the (Jan. 23 village board meeting, trustees awarded a contract for $1,008,500 for a new Pierce aerial ladder quint. The new truck would be stationed at the Fargo firehouse.

thanks Scott

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New fire station in Aurora (more)

This from Dave Weaver:

2/23/18 AURORA – Aurora FD Station 7 Grand Opening Open House 824 Kenilworth Pl. – Video by Dave Weaver

 

Excerpts From the City of Aurora:

The Aurora Fire Department hosted a two-day Grand Opening Celebration for its newest fire station.
 
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held on Friday, February 23 at 10:30 a.m. for Fire Station 7, located at 824 Kenilworth Place. 
 
Replacing the former station that was built in 1957, the new Fire Station 7 is a state-of-the-art 1 0,325 sq. ft. facility. The Aurora Fire Department has put into service its seventh Advance Life Support paramedic unit at the new location – a first for the area.
 
The 3-bay station has such auxiliary spaces as a watch room, conference room, storage rooms, workshop and fitness area. The living areas include officers’ quarters, bunk rooms, kitchen area, dining area and day room area.
 

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