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Planning Commission OKs site plan for new fire station

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published July 13, 2016

 Troy Fire Station 4 on Maple Road, east of John R Road, is 5,116 square feet and the smallest fire station in the city.

Troy Fire Station 4 on Maple Road, east of John R Road, is 5,116 square feet and the smallest fire station in the city.

Photo by Terry Oparka

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TROY — Plans will proceed after the Troy Planning Commission approved designs for a new fire station on Maple Road, east of John R Road.

The commission unanimously approved the site plan for Station 4 at its June 28 meeting. 

Troy City Planner R. Brent Savidant said that the old fire station will remain open while construction on the new 10,500-square-foot structure is completed, then the old station will be demolished. 

Matt Berge, architect for the project, told the Planning Commission that the design of the new facility is intended to integrate with the neighboring property. 

“It’s a positive development in the neighborhood,” Berge said. 

The current station is 5,116 square feet — the smallest fire station in the city.  

During budget sessions in the spring of 2015, when the project was first considered, then-Fire Chief William Nelson, now retired, told the council that Station 4 is the second-busiest fire station in the city, and it is the only station to house a heavy rescue unit. The station was built in 1968 and was expanded in 1988. 

The new fire station will include a training room, an exercise room, a kitchen, a three-truck apparatus bay, a 34-car parking lot, and screening and buffering along the east property line, which is adjacent to single-family homes. 

There will be four parking spaces on the east side of the building to accommodate the first four volunteers who respond, park and load up the truck. The other spots are needed when the other the responders return to assist with the care of equipment after an event.

Savidant said the intent is to make the new fire station a “gateway building” in the city. 

“This building makes a statement that this is a different place on Maple than what’s across Dequindre,” he said. 

Bids for the project will be sought in July. Construction on the new $4 million fire station is scheduled to start in August or September, and it is estimated to be finished within a year. 

The station is funded in the city’s budget over two years.

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