Budget for New Fire Station Increased

Youngstown Fire station No. 9
Bids to build a new South Side fire station came in over estimate, so the city will seek bids again.

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It’s going to cost more than expected to build a new fire station on Youngstown’s South Side.

Bids to build the new station at Ipes Field came in well over the $780,000 estimate, so City Council voted Wednesday to increase the budget to $920,000. City law says council is not allowed to award contracts if proposals exceed the estimate.

Eight bids were received for the project, with proposals ranging from $933,000 to $1.1 million, according to Youngstown Deputy Director of Public Works Charles Shasho.

Architects and city leaders are looking at different options for paving and electrical work to keep the project under budget.

“We requested that the board of control reject all the bids due to them being over the estimate. We had some discussion with the architecht to try and trim some of the costs and that’s what we did,” Shasho said.

The new 4,800-square foot building will replace 90-year-old Station No. 9, at the corner or Midlothian Boulevard and Sheridan Road. Council will re-advertise for bids starting Tuesday. They still hope to break ground in July and open the station in late fall.

The fire chief said the station will be built 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.

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