City breaks ground on Northland Fire Station 15; KCMO and KCFD officials celebrate coming of new-age facility
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2018
City of Kansas City and Kansas City Fire Department officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking on Tuesday to celebrate the pending start of construction for Northland Fire Station 15.
Gathering just east of the Interstate 435 interchange with Missouri Highway 291 and west of NE Sherman Road on the north side of NE Cookingham Drive, stakeholders and supporters ditched the standard hard hats in favor of well-varnished fire helmets before grabbing shovels to perform the customary dirt flip.
“The community deeply supports this much-needed Fire Station 15 in the northeast corner of District 1, and it has been long in coming,” First District Councilmember Heather Hall said. “I am grateful we are moving this project forward into construction. It is progress as promised.”
City and KCFD leaders gave special thanks to DRAW Architecture + Urban Design, the architectural design firm for the project that has completed more than one year of design preparation in advance of construction. The work of McCownGordon Construction as the project’s construction manager of phase one was also recognized.
Fire Station 15 will be a 12,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility with drive-through bays to accommodate a pumper truck, an ambulance and a future fire truck as needed. The new station will have living quarters for two captains and 10 firefighters. These facilities will include bunkrooms, showers, bathrooms, a kitchen, fitness area, watch room, and a variety of additional support areas, such as a decontamination space, lockers, and an industrial laundry space. Plus, the new station will showcase a lobby, public restrooms, a public patio and visitor parking.
“The Northland is growing fast, and this new station will help reduce response times and drive down homeowner insurance rates,” Mayor Pro Tem and First District At-Large City Councilmember Scott Wagner said. “We will improve public safety for our expanding residential and business community.”
KCFD Chief Gary Reese said the new station will set a benchmark for future stations and complement the existing 34 stations that currently serve Kansas City, Missouri.
City Manager Troy Schulte shared details of the funding of this public safety project. Of the total project cost, $2.2 million has been secured from the Shoal Creek TIF. In addition, the fire station is receiving funds from the PIAC Sales Tax, approved by voters in August 2001, as well as the GO KC Bonds, approved by voters in April 2017. In January 2017 Neighborhood and Community Services, the Public Safety Committee, and City Council approved the donation of 7.3 acres of the property for the new Fire Station by Timothy Harris, President of Star Development Corp.
See photos taken at Tuesday’s event.
For more information, contact Markus Smith, Legislative Executive Aide to First District Councilmember Heather Hall, 816-513-6505.