The City of Charlottetown budgeted $2.25 million this year to buy the necessary land and design a new fire hall to replace Station 2.
Charlottetown residents will learn more about a new fire hall at city council’s monthly meeting this month.
Coun. David MacDonald, chairman of protective and emergency services, said that’s when he expects to have some news on property acquisition for a new fire hall.
“We’re looking at building a new station that allows us to offer protection to those areas well within the parameters the insurance requires and (that’s) what we’re looking at now,’’ MacDonald said. “At the council meeting in April . . . there will be information there about the piece of land.’’
The city budgeted $2.25 million this year to buy the necessary land and design the new fire hall. The intention is to have two fire halls long term, the existing one on Kent Street and a new hall in the northern end of the city.
The lease is up soon with the fire station in Sherwood although the doors at No. 2 won’t shut before a new location is ready.
“I really don’t want to say anything until after
the council meeting (April 14).’’
A fire hall study was completed as a result of insurance requirements, meaning the city has to offer fire protection to the parameters of the city, to areas like the industrial park.
MacDonald said the city is going to maintain two fire stations. The one on Kent Street will remain in operation because it’s located in the centre of a populated downtown.
“We have a large concentration of population in this area (with) commercial buildings. The reality of it is the city is expanding northwardly and eastwardly and westwardly so we’re going to have to put a station out in that (northern) area to allow us to address those needs.’’
The councillor said in the event a new station can’t be built the city would continue to operate the one in Sherwood “but we are going to have no fewer than two stations.’’