Youngstown City Council approved a pair of fire department projects Wednesday night, including the building of a new fire station.
The city will soon advertise for bids and enter a contract to build a new fire station in Ipe’s Field, near Midlothian Boulevard and Lemoyne Avenue.
The new building will replace station No. 9, something city leaders have discussed for years.
The fire chief said they’ll build on an unused gravel area, near the front-right area of the city park.
The playground and ball fields will be left intact for area children.
“We’re gonna be putting fencing up so that kids can’t just come running over, although we’re quite certain that there will be a lot of kids that will want to come see the fire truck and all that, actually from the beginning of the plan we knew that, and that’s what made it attractive,” said Chief John O’Neill with the Youngstown Fire Department.
O’Neill is hoping crews can break ground on the $780,000 project in June, and be done by late September.
Council also approved legislation to help the department buy a new ladder truck on a 10 year lease-to-own payment plan. A $150,000 down payment for the truck was budgeted.
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