Construction to Start on New Fire Station 7 early 2012

Mayor Richard J. Berry announced today that he anticipates crews will break ground on a new West Side fire station early next year

This week, Mayor Berry signed a $1.4 million loan with the New Mexico Finance Authority that will complete the funding for a brand new Fire Station No. 7. The currently Station No. 7 which is located at Central and 48th Street, is more than 60 years old. The new station will be built on a piece of property the city owns near 57th and Central. Construction is expected to be completed within a year.

“I have consistently said that this station is a priority for my administration,” Mayor Berry said. “We are making good on our commitment to West Side residents.”

Previously, the city had applied for $1 million grant from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act to build a new Fire Station No. 7 on the city’s Westside. The State and the City were unable to reach a written agreement concerning the timeline with which the funds had to be spent.

In July, Mayor Berry sent a formal request to the Richardson Administration asking that the potential grant money be spent on either self contained breathing apparatuses or two pumper trucks. The state granted the request and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on air packs.

The station is expected to cost $3.5 million. Under the new funding structure:

• $1.4 million will come from the low-interest loan.
• $711,000 will be funded through Impact Fees from the city’s Capital Improvements Fund.
• $125,000 will come through the federally funded Community Development Block Grant.
• $143,000 is funded through the Metropolitan Redevelopment Area Grant Fund.
• $183,000 is funded through the West Central Grant Fund.
• $1 million was appropriated from the Red Light Camera Fund.

“We look forward to working with the City Council and the neighborhood associations to improve the fire service on the West Side,” Mayor Berry said.