It has been seen by Sylvania residents for more than 80 years, but now old Fire Station No. 1 is coming down so a new, modern facility can take its place.
Sylvania residents, firefighters and former fire chiefs lined Monroe Street to watch the walls of Fire Station 1 come down. The moment was called "bittersweet," as the station - built in 1930 - crumbled to the ground.
Within three weeks demolition should be complete, leaving room for construction on the new $1.9 million fire station to be built at the same location. The 9,000 square foot facility will house 10 firefighters, a truck and engine company, a transport unit and a deputy chief.
"I think that when all is said and done, when the new building is built, it will be the gem of downtown Sylvania. I think the community will be proud of it, the citizens will be proud of the station. I know the guys are looking forward to a new station because of the old antiquated station that they're living in now. So, I think it will be the gem of downtown Sylvania," said Sylvania Township Fire Chief Jeffrey Kowalski.
Currently the firefighters are stationed at a house owned by Lourdes University at Brint and McCord roads. They will move into the new fire station when construction is complete around early November.
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