Coralville Wants to Expand Fire Station

By Gregg Hennigan, Reporter

Coralville Fire Chief Dave Stannard is pictured at the new Coralville Fire Department building on Thursday, November 19, 2009. (Crystal LoGiudice/The Gazette).

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CORALVILLE, Iowa - The Coralville Fire Department is planning to expand its headquarters.

Plans going before the City Council Nov. 13 call for a $1.25 million, two-story addition to Fire Station One, 1501 Fifth St.

If approved, office space would be added on the first floor and six dorm rooms would go in on the second floor. The 4,340-square-foot addition would be built on the north side of the station.

Coralville is primarily a volunteer fire department, but since 2000 it’s had four paid staff members, Chief Dave Stannard said. The station, opened in 1985, has two offices, with three people sharing one of those and cramped for space, he said.

The city opened a second fire station on the north side of town in 2009. Six volunteer firefighters live there, and Stannard said that has worked out well.

The addition at Fire Station One would include three dorm rooms for permanent living and three more as temporary quarters, with the rooms sleeping nine people in all.

Construction could start next spring and would take about six months, Stannard said. If the City Council as expected approves the plans next week, the project would go out to bid Nov. 20.

A second phase at a future date would include replacing overhead doors, trading the flat roof for a pitched one and getting new boilers, Stannard said.

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