This is not how it worked. The city issued an RFP to replace the fire hall back in like 2015. This was to involve proposals to build a new fire hall in situ, at another city owned site or at a privately held site. In conjunction, the fire department produced a report outlining their preferred zones for the location of a fire hall based off response times etc. on the back of the submissions, this site was selected and the city negotiated with them to this point. The site appears to have been selected as it sits in the required zone for the FD and it removes any disruption from using the existing site. And lastly thankfully it removes the city from the construction process (completely out of their core competencies).
At $35M that makes the cost about $1,000 a sq ft and that does not include any equipment. The CoV might have challenges but at that price we should be able to get a firehall built in the area that was defined and with a design that makes practical sense. It really seems like in an effort to get something built quickly, we have picked a location first and then are trying to shoehorn a firehall into it.
So this doesn’t appear at all to be a case of site selected first and a process rammed into fit the decision. This process started almost 4 years ago and started with a clean slate and a request for proposals. Only after this process did the city zero in on the current site.
Can go through the whole steps outlined above online.
Have to get the time frame right here.
Hard for me to see this as anything but a win for all. Doesn’t sound like the balance of the site is going to get developed any time wok anyways