Published on April 14, 2014
Google Street View of area on Capital Drive where city hopes to build a new fire hall. The undeveloped land is on the north side of Capital Drive, across from a new seniors home now under construction by the traffic lights on Sandstone drive leading into Walmart.
Google Street View
Published on April 14, 2014
Roy Main, chief administrative officer for the City of Charlottetown, reads a motion to be voted upon Monday night during the regular meeting of city council
Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
The City of Charlottetown has spent $1.45 million to buy land on Capital Drive for a new fire station.
Coun. Jason Coady, chairman of advanced planning and priorities, delivered the news at city council's regular public monthly meeting on Monday night.
The proposed new location, and it is just proposed at this stage, is at the intersection of Capital Drive and Sandstone Road, which serves as the entrance to Walmart and Old Navy off the highway.
"We went out and purchased a piece of land on Capital Drive for $1.45 million, conditional upon hiring an engineering firm to go out and make sure that the land is suitable,'' Coady said following the council meeting.
The city had set aside $2.25 million in the budget to buy the land and pay for the design work. The intention is still to operate two fire stations in the capital city, the existing one on Kent Street and a new station closer to the northern end of the city.
That means the fire station location in the former neighbourhood of Sherwood will close, but not until the new station is up and running. The city's lease for Station 2 in Sherwood is running out.
A fire station study was completed as a result of insurance requirements, meaning the city has to offer fire protection to the parameters of the capital, to areas such as the industrial park.
Coady says the next step will be to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to contract an engineering firm to come in, look at the vacant piece of land on the north side of Capital Drive, tell the firm what the city is looking for and what the specs have to be. The firm, in turn, will let the city know if it's feasible to put the building there.
"It was a big process. Staff looked at about 19 properties over the city and this was the No. 1 preferred location so we're happy to be able to explore this further.''
Coady said it's hard to speculate on when or if construction might start.
"Obviously, it's a concern. The insurance regulators would like us to keep moving forward with this but there's got to be due diligence done in terms of engineering, site plans and that kind of stuff. I'm not sure how long that kind of stuff takes but we'll certainly be moving forward diligently.''
The city has until May 31 to accept the property as is.
According to insurance regulations, the city must provide fire protection in which the station(s) are no more than five kilometres away from commercial buildings (that includes apartments of four units or more) and no more than eight kilometers away from residential buildings.
With so much growth on the north end of the city, change was inevitable.