Cascade’s new fire station will open this week

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Construction of a new local fire station is expected to begin this week.

The Township of Cascade is scheduled to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 2 to kick off the renovation project for its new Fire Station 1 at 2865 Thornhills Ave. SE.

The $10.9 million renovation has been underway since 2018 and is the largest capital investment project in Cascade’s history, according to the township. The new station is expected to open in fall 2023.

In the meantime, firefighters from Fire Station 1 will be based in temporary space at an air cargo facility at Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

“We appreciate the support and temporary space from our neighbors at Ford International Airport,” Fire Chief Adam Magers said in September. “We look forward to welcoming the community to our new Fire Station 1 next fall.”

A new facility was a major need identified from a facility survey conducted by the township in 2018. Fire Station 1 did not meet national safety and firefighting standards and had already undergone three major renovations, prompting the township to consider a comprehensive renovation project.

Triangle Associates Inc., based in Grand Rapids, was selected by the township council to provide construction services for the new station.

The cost of the renovation will be covered by funds already set aside and by a deposit which will be paid using existing income. The township said it won’t need to ask taxpayers for additional dollars.

More information about the project and schedule are here.

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