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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

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artist rendering of new Huntley FPD fire station

Artist rendering of new Huntley FPD fire station

Excerpts from the DailyHerald.com:

Work could begin soon on the Huntley Fire Protection District’s new headquarters and two fire stations. The Huntley village board recently approved site plans for both projects — estimated to cost $13 million.

Construction is set to begin any day on the new 10,239-square-foot fire station on 2.23 acres at the southeast corner of Jim Dhamer Drive and Hennig Road. This will be the fire district’s fifth fire station. The project bid came in about $3 million, nearly $400,000 below the original estimate. Construction will take roughly seven months, with the station operational by February.

District officials are awaiting permits and construction bids on the second project, involving a 12,145-square-foot building addition and site renovations to the property at 11118 Main St., which serves as district administrative offices and maintenance facility.

With the addition and renovations, the 35,690-square-foot building will become the district’s new headquarters and Station 1 and also house a renovated maintenance facility. The addition will bring all administrative offices under one roof, and include firefighter living quarters, training facilities, a fitness facility, and garage parking. Roughly 15 employees will work there during daytime hours. The district’s current Station 1/headquarters at 11808 Coral St., will be vacated and sold upon completion of work on the Main Street property.

The Main Street site plan includes reconstruction of the parking lot on the north and west sides, providing 69 parking spaces — an increase of 34 spaces — and required stormwater detention at the north end of the site and enhancements to the village-owned detention basin north of the Donald Drive/Main Street intersection.

Bids on the new headquarters are expected back next week. Work will be done in phases and will take roughly 12 months to be completed.

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Excerpts from the NWherald.com:

Neither project required a referendum to move forward. Huntley Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie said about $14 million has been saved in the past eight years for various expansion projects to compensate for projected growth.

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rendering of Huntley FPD headquarters station

Excerpts from the nwherald.com:

Plans for a new Huntley Fire Protection District station and an 8,700-square-foot expansion and renovations to its administrative building will be discussed at Thursday’s village board meeting at 7 p.m. at Village Hall, 10987 Main St. Trustees heard about the expansion plans during a joint meeting with the fire protection district board in November.

The new 10,239-square-foot station would be at the southeast corner of Jim Dhamer Drive and Hennig Road, adjacent to the southwest corner. Data from a station location study requested by the district indicate that an additional fire station south of Sun City would have taken on about 600 of the district’s more than 5,000 calls from 2017.

The district’s building at 11118 Main St. serves as its administrative offices and maintenance facility, but by building a 8,700-square-foot addition, it would serve as the new headquarters. Should this occur, the district’s existing Station 1 and headquarters at 11808 Coral St. would be vacated and sold upon completion of the Main Street remodeling. The addition would include offices on the first floor, living quarters on the second floor and training facilities in the basement.

Huntley Deputy Fire Chief Al Schlick said frugal budgeting in the past 10 years will allow both projects to move forward without the need for a tax-based funding mechanism.

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Excerpts from the NWherald.com:

In 2017, the Huntley Fire Protection District responded to about 5,000 calls and already has taken more than 300 additional calls for 2018. Station 3 on Regency Parkway handled the most calls, likely because of its close proximity to the Sun City community, which experiences a large amount of emergency medical service calls.

Data from a station location study requested by the district indicated that an additional fire station south of Sun City would have taken on about 600 of the calls from 2017. And with few straight roads cutting through the neighborhood, response times are slightly longer. Therefore, the district is hoping to break ground on another fire station next spring to better serve the Sun City area. Three firefighters would staff the station 24 hours a day. There are no plans to hire any new personnel at this time, but the district will have enough staff to effectively operate all stations.

The district also is planning an 8,500-square-foot expansion to its facility on 11118 E. Main St. with the hope of moving operations at Station 1, 11808 Coral St., away from the downtown area. Last year, believing that it had outgrown its Coral Street station, the district looked into acquiring land on a vacant site at Route 47 and Mill St., which has been the target of other development proposals, such as an apartment building.

The expansion would make the East Main Street location a two-story building with a training room, office space and upstairs living quarters. The renovations also would provide an opportunity for the district to add resources designed to reduce firefighters’ exposure to carcinogenic materials.

The district would optimistically like to break ground on both projects by spring 2019. The new station would take seven to eight months to complete and the East Main Street building expansion probably would take a little longer and open some time in 2020.

The district’s board frugal budgeting over the past 10 years will allow both projects to move forward without the need for a tax-based funding mechanism.

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