Construction begins on new fire house

Youngstown fire station

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Construction began Tuesday on a new fire station on Youngstown’s South Side.

The new building, to be built on Midlothian Boulevard next to Ipe’s Field and a playground by the Interstate 680 freeway, will replace Fire Station No. 9, also on Midlothian.

The current station was built in the 1930s and needed major repairs. The new building cost about $900,000 and will be around 4,800 square feet. It should be open by January 2014.

Fire Chief John O’Neil said the new location is much better.

“The original station that we’re replacing was built when we had 15 fire stations,” O’Neil said. “We only have eight now. So we needed to get that station more west, get it closer to the freeway (to) have better access across town.”

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