Friday, January 30, 2009

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held For Fire-EMS Station No. 5

In chilly noon air last Thursday, ten shovels broke the already graded ground at the intersection of Melrose and 20th street. The LEED certified station will be the 2nd largest Fire-EMS station in the city and will be headquarters for the North Battalion. The building will also have a community room available to neighborhood organizations.
The new Fire-EMS station will be called “Number 5” according to Darlene Burcham, Roanoke City Manager. It carries this number from one of two fire stations that were closed in the area. Burcham also stated that the project came in under budget that allowed for an additional bay. Chief Hoback revealed that the headquarters would have 2 ambulances, a battalion chief, and an investigative team.
Mayor Bowers said, “this is evidence of the city’s commitment” for providing Northwest city with schools, Fire-EMS, and parks.
According to Brenda Landes of Cole and Russell Architects, the building’s architects, the station will be completed in June of 2010. The architectural firm headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio will open an office in Roanoke. Mark Shoemaker, Government Group Director for Cole and Russell, said a lease for a downtown office is expected to be signed in the coming days.
Estelle McCadden, President of Melrose-Rugby Neighborhood Forum and citizen of the year and Clarice Walker, President of Loudon-Melrose Neighborhood organization were both “glad to see something positive” in their neighborhoods.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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