It seems Auburn’s new fire station project will begin again soon as a new architect has been hired, new plans drawn up and approved, and demolition well underway thanks to the firefighters themselves.
Work had stopped in November 2015 on the $685,000 dollar project after the city began having problems with motivating its architect. John Williams out of Bowling Green has recently been hired to take over and the city is excited to begin again.
The new department will be located in the old Howlett Chevrolet building located on Main Street in Auburn. The department has outgrown its current fire station and much needed space to pull out the fire trucks was one of the deciding factors. The current fire station was built 50 years ago and is located on the square in Auburn.
The City of Auburn received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the state’s Department for Local Government in February 2015. The city itself put in $185,000 to the project.
“The fire department and it’s fireman are looking froward to the move,” said Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes. “We are having to be a little patient as the project may take a little time, but the end goal will be the same.”
The facade of the historic structure will require some patching of brink work, but other than windows and doors and a little metal, the city wants to keep and protect the historic integrity of the facade. The portion of structure that is rounded was built in 1938, said Hughes. The exterior of the building is regulated by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and anything that is done to the outside of the structure has to be approved by this organization, because part of the building is listed on the National Historic Register.
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