Will replace overcrowded station
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 16, 2016) — Officials broke ground today on a new fire station in Lexington to replace the aging Station 2, one of the busiest stations in the city.
Built in 1953, Station 2—currently located at 415 New Circle Rd.—is overcrowded and its location overlaps the coverage area of another station. In addition, plans to widen New Circle are expected to take away part of the station’s front “apron,” making it unsuitable for use as a firehouse. The new station is expected to open in mid-summer 2017.
“Public safety is our top priority and that means making sure our firehouses can meet the needs of the areas they serve,” Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said. “This replacement station… the first new firehouse we’ve built since 2005…is essential to serve this growing part of our city.”
The new station will be located at 1276 Eastland Dr., behind Eastland Shopping Center. Construction costs are estimated at $5.5 million. With 14,000 square feet of space, it will relieve the overcrowding at the current Station 2. It is designed to be energy efficient with geo-thermal heat and LED lighting.
“The new facility will better support the firefighters at Station 2 as they respond to approximately 240 fire and emergency medical runs each month,” said Interim Fire Chief Harold Hoskin.