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Fire Hall foundation nearly complete…

PRINCE GEORGE, BC: Construction of a new City Fire Hall to replace the aging Fire Hall #1 is moving ahead as crews are pouring concrete for the building’s foundation and expect to begin installing structural beams and columns next week.

Crews are also currently constructing a new water main that will run from the intersection of Massey Drive and Carney Street to the Fire Hall construction site. In addition, bricklayers are arriving this week to begin the “block work” that will make up the walls of the facility. Later this fall, construction of the roof will begin.

On Sunday, crews reopened all of the lanes on Massey Drive to traffic. For a few months, traffic diverted around the work site to allow crews to widen the entrance from Massey Drive to Del Laverdure Way and to add a new bus lane, meridians, and concrete sidewalks.

As of Monday, October 14, the existing access to the YMCA of Northern BC will no longer be accessible. As part of the project design, the new entrance to the YMCA will be off Del Laverdure Way, on the south side of the facility off Massey Drive, directly across from Masich Place Stadium.

The replacement of Fire Hall #1 follows a referendum in October 2017, during which residents voted nearly 83% in favour of re-building the Hall, which is more than 60 years old. The new fire hall will be approximately 50% larger than the current facility and have the capacity to house a modern Emergency Operations Centre and Fire Operations Communications Centre. The new location is more centralized and will greatly increase the area firefighters are able to reach within the critical eight-minute response time.

In 2018, the City appointed HCMA Architects and Planning of Vancouver and an engineering design team led by L&M Engineering of Prince George to design the replacement Fire Hall #1 at the new location in Carrie Jane Gray Park. The new Fire Hall is expected to be completed by next fall.

Written and released by City of Prince George.

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