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Crews Begin Demolishing Old Central Fire Station

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Crews began demolishing the Old Central Fire Station in Cedar Rapids Tuesday morning.

The facility, located at 222 Third St. NW, served as the city's main fire station from 1985 until the flood of 2008.

The new Central Fire Station, at 713 First Ave. SE,should be complete by Aug. 16, city officials said in a news release. The station's grand opening, including community tours is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8 during Fire Prevention Week.

When the new Central Fire Station and a new substation at 3520 Crestwood Rd. NW are complete, an additional 8.93 square miles of Cedar Rapids will be within 1.5 miles of a fire station. Fire officials say that will offer a significant improvement in response time for the city.