Monday July 26, 2010
Original 1924 structure will be incorporated into the new facility
With a ceremonial turn of the shovel, Mayor Jerry Abramson, Louisville Fire Chief Greg Frederick and other local officials broke ground on the new firehouse located at 501 West Ashland Avenue in the Beechmont neighborhood this morning. Construction on the Engine 10 station is expected to begin in the next few days.
“I’m happy to see work get underway on our third new firehouse in just two years,” Abramson said. “As part of my 21st Century Fire plan, we continue to provide our firefighters with the best facilities and tools to keep Louisville’s citizens safe.”
Engine 6 in Portland and Engine 21 in Butchertown were completed in 2009.
The firehouse features a unique design that will incorporate the original station, built in 1924, with a new, two-story building. The existing structure will receive minor upgrades, including a sprinkler system, and will largely be used to store extra vehicles and equipment.
The new building features:
Nearly 16,000 square feet
12 sleeping rooms
A training room
Three apparatus bays
State-of-the art kitchen
Maintenance and laundry facilities
“The construction of the Ashland Avenue firehouse is a significant benchmark in the modernization plan for the Louisville Fire Department,” said Chief Greg Frederick. “The new station will enhance the safety and working conditions of our firefighters and directly improve the services we provide to our citizens.”
More than 35 firefighters are currently stationed at Engine 10. Because the old building will remain, they will continue to operate from that location throughout the duration of the project.
The total estimated construction cost for the Ashland Avenue station is $3.4 million. It will be funded with federal stimulus dollars, through a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Homeland Security awarded more than $165 million to 104 different fire departments across the country for station construction or renovation.
View the construction progress