The major structural components of the future main fire station for the city of Binghamton have been put in place.
Building demolition at the site of the new fire department headquarters began in September 2020. Construction crews began working on the property between Court and Pine streets last August.
The 20,000-square-foot building is expected to cost $8.5 million. The fire station will have bays for five vehicles and bunk areas for several firefighters. The facility also will have a dining and kitchen area, along with a decontamination room.
City officials had wanted the front of the new fire headquarters to face Court Street. They had hoped fire trucks would be able to exit the station directly onto Court Street.
The state Department of Transportation balked at the city's request to remove an existing median to allow emergency equipment to have direct access to the heavily-traveled street.
Plans for the fire station were adjusted so trucks will exit onto Chapman Street.
Fahs Construction Group is the general contractor for the project.
The fire department headquarters that had been located at City Hall for several decades was closed in 2020 because of concerns the garage floor no longer would support the weight of heavy vehicles.
The temporary main fire station is located in a former car dealership building at Court and Carroll streets.
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