SYLVANIA TOWNSHIP, OH (Toledo News Now) – After many years of deliberation, Sylvania Township has finally decided on a location for its new fire station.
The new station will be built in the same spot as the current location downtown.
In 2008, Sylvania Township voters passed a 1.25 mill fire levy. In 2009, the township started collecting money. Two stations were replaced or remodeled, but Station 1's future remained up in the air.
The downtown building was built in 1930 and the township is running out of time to replace it.
"It expires this year, but we have an extension until March. So therefore, we have to spend the money from the levy by that time, explained Kevin Haddad, Sylvania Township trustee.
Trustees explored several locations in Sylvania Township. A piece of property on Erie Street was an option for a while, but trustees John Jennewine and Neal Mahoney passed a resolution against using it.
There was also a resolution passed by Jennewine and Haddad against building downtown.
"The growth of the Sylvania area alone has been tri-fold. With that happening, the station downtown is no longer a viable station. There's too much traffic. It's not wide enough for the fire engines to get out," said Haddad.
Haddad also worries the $2 million they have left for construction will not be enough. Construction is estimated at $1.97 million, but that amount does not include demolition.
Despite this, trustees have confirmed downtown will be the new station's home. The location will be up for discussion at a meeting Wednesday night at 6.
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