Mayor Richard J. Berry spent Thursday afternoon breaking ground on the two newest public safety buildings in the City.
ALBUQUERQUE-Mayor Richard J. Berry spent Thursday afternoon breaking ground on the two newest public safety buildings in the City, Fire Station 2, near UNM’s south campus, and Fire Station 7, on Albuquerque’s west side.
"These two state-of-the-art buildings are going to help increase fire coverage for the University and Gibson area, as well as the Coors and Central corridor," Mayor Berry said. "I've pushed the Department of Municipal Development to get these two buildings constructed, because they’re essential to the safety of our local communities. I’m happy to announce DMD is coming through and getting shovels in the dirt."
Fire Station 2 is being built near the southern boundary of the University of New Mexico South Campus; near University and Gibson, in Councilor Isaac Benton’s district. Fire Station 7 is being constructed at Central and 57th Street in Councilor Ken Sanchez’ district. As a way to save on costs, the buildings have a very similar design.
"We've worked for five years to accumulate the necessary funding and site for Fire Station 2," said City Councilor Benton. "It will provide better fire and emergency service for more residents throughout the service area."
"This is a great day for the west side of Albuquerque," City Councilor Sanchez said. "After nearly five years of working with the community, Fire Station 7 will bring modern fire protection to the Westside and help with the revitalization of the West Central corridor."
Both stations are about 9,000 square feet and will have three apparatus bays, including a ladder truck, kitchen, living quarters, officer quarters, sleeping quarters, exercise room, and restroom with showers.
Each station costs a little more than $2M, and are being paid for by a variety of funding sources, including GO Bond, Public Safety Tax, Metropolitan Redevelopment funds, Community Development Block Grants, and impact fees.
The design consultant is local company Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, and the contractor is Lockwood Construction.
The Department of Municipal Development will be overseeing construction management.