The passage of a $1.25 million levy in 2008 paid for the building and remodeling of fire stations across Sylvania Township. The Toledo Northwest Ohio Building Trades are finishing up the final weeks of construction at the last levy-funded project at the new No. 1 fire station in downtown Sylvania.
Over three weeks this past spring, construction crews razed the 83-year-old firehouse, filled in the basement and prepared the site for construction.
The low ceilings of the old building forced firefighters to perform many tasks on the outside of a vehicle outdoors. The new, 8,985-square-foot building features a higher, rubberized flat roof supported by steel bar joists.
The two-floor, modern building includes a mezzanine for seasonal storage of equipment and a decontamination room where firefighters can clean their gear immediately.
More than 50 workers from various trades, including carpentry, masonry, iron, and concrete finishers have worked through a rainy summer to ensure the station will be opened on time, in early November.