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New fire station for Wheeling

Excerpts from  the Journal-Topics.com:

Wheeling FD Station 23

A rendering of the proposed new Station 23 in Wheeling. Courtesy of the Village of Wheeling.

Plans to knock down and reconstruct Fire Station 23 in Wheeling kicked off Monday (Feb. 3) when village trustees approved site plans and a special use permit.

The current fire station at 780 Wheeling Rd. is 42 years old and in need of extensive repairs and upgrades in order to continue meeting the community’s needs. Wheeling’s fire department serves up to 75,000 local residents in a 10 sq. mi. area.

Deputy Fire Chief Michael McGreal said the station was built for only one rig. Due to high estimates for renovation work, village staff decided a total reconstruction project would be the best way to update the station.

When complete, the new station is expected to be a 11,203 sq. ft. building rendered in cement and situated on the north end of the village-owned property near Echo Lake just north of Hintz Roadz Road.  The design features stone veneer, siding, and accent panels made of fiber cement in shades of gray, white, brown, and red. The site plan also includes a seam roof, front canopy entry, parking lot on the south side of the property, and street-facing landscaping.

To construct the new station, trustees approved a special use permit to allow for a new fire station in the I-1 zoning district. Most fire stations are in business districts. When it was built in the 1970s, it did not require a special use permit.

In addition to site plan and special use approval, the village board approved requests to allow a variation from the required setback for the property along Wheeling Road from 35 feet to 30 feet and a variation of the permitted height from 30 feet to 33 feet.

After the new station is completed, the department plans to use the same design to update Station 42 on Dundee Road.

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

On Wednesday April 15, the Mount Prospect Fire Dept. officially moved into its new headquarters Station 13 at 111 E. Rand Rd. The village board approved the project in 2018 and construction began in 2019. The project involved adaptive reuse of an existing building, saving $3.7 million in overall costs versus the construction of a new building.

The total project budget of $10.37 million included the purchase of the land and existing building, design fees and soft costs, hard construction costs, project contingencies, plus furniture and fixture purchases. The project was funded through bond sales completed in 2018 and was structured to have zero effect on future tax levies, due to a financing strategy developed by staff and financial consultants, which included refinancing old debt and using village reserves and moderate use of capitalized interest in the debt service repayment plan.

The village recently announced a proposal to redevelop a portion of Block 56 in Mount Prospect’s downtown, which is the block bounded by Northwest Highway, Maple Street, Busse Avenue, and Emerson Street. The proposed development would include the site of the police and fire headquarters and the Chase Bank property at 111 E. Busse Ave.

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Mount Prospect Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the journaltopics.com:

Mount Prospect’s new Fire Station 13 on Rand Road is expected to begin operations April 15, but with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, it is unknown if that date will remain on track. The goal is for the current headquarters to close April 14 and open the next morning in its new home on Rand Road just south of Kensington Road. The department is already in the process of moving some larger items to the new headquarters.

Because of the ongoing coronavirus, some fire department staff is working from home, while other administrators are split between headquarters and the village’s Emergency Operations Center. Since the pandemic really took hold locally starting the week of March 9, the department’s call volume is down to an average of 3-5 calls per day — well below the average of approximately 20 daily.

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Huntley Fire Protection District news (more)

Excerpts from the NWHerald.com:

The Huntley Fire Protection District’s fifth fire station on the southeast corner of Jim Dhamer Drive and Hennig Road is expected to be operational by April 13. The district had planned a grand opening event the same day but, because of the growing threat of the coronavirus, public entry will be postponed to a later date. There are no plans to hire new staff but the district has enough staff to effectively operate all stations.

The district is also awaiting the completion of about a 12,000 square foot expansion and renovation to its existing facility at 11118 Main St. The additions to the East Main Street location will make it a two-story building with a training room, office space, and upstairs living quarters. It also was designed to reduce firefighters’ exposure to carcinogenic materials after responding to a hazardous incident.

This renovation will be finished in July and it is estimated that crews would be fully moved into the building by Sept. 1.

The district’s current headquarters and Station 1 at 11808 Coral St. will be sold once the renovations are finished. Neither project required the passage of a referendum to fund. About $14 million was saved in the past decade for various expansion projects to compensate for projected growth in Huntley’s population.

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New fire station for Huntley FPD

This from Tyler Tobolt:

Here are photos of the brand new (not in service yet) Huntley FPD Station 5 located at Hennig Rd and Jim Dhamer Dr on the far southwest side. 
Thanks, Tyler Tobolt. 
new Huntley FPD fire station

Tyler Tobolt photo

new Huntley FPD fire station

Tyler Tobolt photo

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Rolling Meadows Fire Department news (more)

Rolling Meadows FD Station 15

Rolling Meadows FD photo

Excerpts from the journal-topics.com:

Rolling Meadows firefighters on Tuesday spent their last day at Fire Station 15 on Meadow Drive before moving into their new station at 3201 Algonquin Rd. Wednesday (Dec. 18).

“This station was built in the early to mid ‘50s and has served the community since then, about 65 years,” said a Facebook post from the Rolling Meadows Fire Dept. “Tens of thousands of emergency calls have had equipment respond from this firehouse. We wish her well, but can’t be certain of her future.”

The city council approved plans to build two new fire stations for $13 million last September after years of discussion. In addition to the $5.8 million Fire Station 15, Fire Station 16 is expected to be relocated from Plum Grove Road to a new building on Hicks Road.

According to Fire Chief Terry Valentino, moving to the new locations will allow firefighters to reach residents anywhere in the city within four to six minutes. He said service was not expected to be interrupted due to the move, and that Palatine and Schaumburg fire departments agreed to cover any calls during the switch.

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New use for old Chicago firehouse

Excerpts from blockclubchicago.org:

Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and Delta Institute asked neighbors more than two years ago what kind of development they wanted in their neighborhood as they mapped empty lots, vacant buildings and brownfield sites across Little Village. When it came to an abandoned fire station at 2358 S. Whipple St., neighbors saw potential, reimagining it as a commercial kitchen that would empower the bustling street vendors on the city’s Southwest Side.

Now, that vision could become a reality. The commercial kitchen project is among six proposals vying for the Pritzker Traubert Foundation’s $10 million Chicago Prize. The grant aims to bring private capital to the city’s South and West sides.  Last week, the foundation narrowed the field of finalists from 80 applicants down to six.

As one of the six finalists, Little Village Environmental Organization, a 25-year-old group fighting for environmental justice in the neighborhood, and Delta Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit that collaborates to solve complex environmental challenges, will receive a $100,000 grant to fine-tune their pitch over four to six months, developing a business proposal that will be presented to the Chicago Prize committee. That committee will determine a winner of the prize in spring 2020.

As part of the plan, the fire station would be transformed into a community hub equipped with a commercial kitchen, food cart storage, and maintenance space. It would also have a small storefront for vendors to sell their products and have community space to host entrepreneurial and educational workshops. Mushrooms, micro-greens and other produce would be farmed in the building’s basement, too.

For years, residents have pushed the city to consider development that would put La Villita residents first, rather than develop logistic centers and warehouses that have inundated the neighborhood with diesel traffic and more pollution.

Although 60 percent of the city’s street-based food vendors come from Little Village and the neighborhood boasts some of the city’s best Mexican restaurants, there are no commercial kitchens in the neighborhood. The nearest is in North Lawndale, which is difficult for some people to get to from Little Village.

In addition to redeveloping the building, the groups also plans to build a food-cart cooperative led by the workers themselves. The aim is to create a closed-loop food economy for the neighborhood.

thanks Dennis

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New fire station for Chicago (more)

Excerpts from pbcchicago.com:

The new Engine Company 115 fire station will be the second-largest fire station in the city, with space for a Chicago Fire Department District Office, an Office of Emergency Management and Communications radio communication tower and three ambulances. The 27,000-square-foot, single-story fire station will be a home-away-from-home for approximately 20 firefighters/EMTs and eight officers: housing sleeping quarters, locker rooms, a workout facility, full-service kitchen with pantry and dining area, day room, laundry, and wellness room. A training space, conference room, and open office space will be shared by the EC 115 team and the CFD District Office. The facility will also feature a state-of-the-art emergency communications hub, watchtower, open office spaces, and a 4-bay apparatus room with a hose drying tower.

The new facility will replace the existing Engine Company 115 firehouse located at 11940 South Peoria Street.

Chicago FD Engine 115 fire station

from the pbcchicago.com

Chicago FD Engine 115 fire station

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Chicago FD Engine 115 fire station

from the pbcchicago.com

Chicago FD Engine 115 fire station

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Chicago FD Engine 115 fire station

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Chicago FD Engine 115 fire station

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Streamwood Fire Department news

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Streamwood officials may soon undertake a plan to replace the village’s 47-year-old Fire Station 1 and similarly outdated public works headquarters with new facilities by spring 2021. The need to replace these buildings was identified by a comprehensive study of all the village’s infrastructure a few years ago. Both projects are planned to be done simultaneously and funded by an estimated $20 million bond issue, which the village board might authorize near the end of the year. Because the village will pay off its existing debt this fall from the police station that opened in 2007, the net impact on taxpayers from the new bonds is expected to be nothing.

The new bonds are expected to be paid off in 20 years.

The current Fire Station 1 at 1204 S. Park Ave. is planned to be demolished and replaced by the new, larger building on the same site. It will also become the new location for the fire department’s administrative offices currently housed at Station 3.

All three fire stations have inadequate space for storage and the decontamination of equipment, but additional space is expected to be made at the other two stations that opened in 1992 and 2002 by relocating some of their operations to the new station.

Like many newer fire stations, Streamwood’s proposed facility is designed with individual bedrooms and bathrooms, which in part help adapt to the changing percentages of male and female firefighters.

The short-term impact of housing personnel and equipment in two stations instead of three is expected to be challenging but manageable. Another unavoidable impact will be to the response times in the area primarily served by Station 1, but Streamwood’s other stations will be closer to that area than the next nearest fire station in Bartlett.

drawing of new stream wood fire station

A rendering of the new Fire Station 1 Streamwood officials hope to open in 2021 to replace the current 47-year-old facility at 1204 S. Park Ave.

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Huntley Fire Protection District news (more)

From the Huntley Fire Protection District Facebook page:

Construction update Station 5: With the forecasted rain yesterday, construction crews worked Saturday to get the walls in place. Station 5 is located at Hennig Rd and Jim Dahmer Dr. Projected finish date is early spring.

Huntley FPD Station 5

Huntley FPD photo

fire station under construction

Huntley FPD photo

fire station under construction

Huntley FPD photofire station under construction

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