Firehouse renovation moving forward

By THAD RUETER
Staff Writer

Last update: 05 June 2003


ORMOND BEACH -- The city is screening architects for the renovation of Fire Station 92, located along Nova Road.

The work at the fire station was the only part of a six-part bond referendum approved by Ormond Beach voters April 8. The proposal called for $1.7 million of work.

Fire Chief Barry Baker said the city has yet to select an architect for the work. City Spokesman Joe Radcliffe said the project likely would take two years to complete.

"We'll keep the station open" while work takes place, he said. "That will complicate things a little." He said the station is the city's busiest.

City officials said the bonds would be paid over 20 years. The project will cost the owner of a home with a $100,00 taxable value about $7 a year in taxes, according to city estimates.

The new station will have room for four fire vehicles, more than twice the capacity now. The station also will have more modern quarters for six firefighters. Firefighters say the current station is virtually bursting at its seams.

Voters rejected projects that dealt with cultural, recreational and environmental programs. The city, facing a budget shortfall and tax increase, is trying to figure out how to fund some of those projects, which include work at the Casements and Central Park.

thad.rueter@news-jrnl.com