Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Delays in negotiating the purchase of a possible site for a new fire station in Chippewa Falls have the city looking at an alternate site.
The city has been trying to purchase land near the Northridge Center, but Tuesday night the city council voted to have a certified survey map done on another site that is located just east of the roundabout. Mayor Greg Hoffman said this location would actually be less costly to develop.
Mayor Hoffman said they hope to break ground on a new fire station next April.
Chippewa Falls (WQOW) - Officials in Chippewa Falls are looking at site options to replace Fire Station No. 2, located on Park Avenue.
News 18 spoke with Mayor Greg Hoffman on Thursday, and he said the aging building is costing the city over $25,000 a year on repairs. He said they are working to secure a purchase of property located on the south side of town, near Northridge Center.
The city council voted in April to borrow $5.3 million for a brand new fire station. Mayor Hoffman said to maximize their dollars, they would like to acquire approximately 4 acres of undeveloped land. "If we spend $500,000 to $600,000 for land, for demolition and such, then that starts to limit how much we actually have to invest in the fire station," Hoffman said. "So, we're trying to do our due diligence to acquire property at the least amount, that needs the least amount of investment to have it be built ready."
Mayor Hoffman said residents of a $150,000 home could pay around $70 for the new fire station. Final approval on the site and building plans would need to go before the city council. If all goes to plan, Mayor Hoffman said construction could begin this fall and be completed as early as next November.