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|Monmouth Public Safety Building Structure Complete
|A vacant building on the north side of Monmouth will soon serve as the home of the city's second fire station.
The Monmouth city council Monday night unanimously approved a proposal to convert the former Protexall building at 1 Industrial Boulevard into a fire station. The city purchased the building, and it'll be completely renovated by Frye Builders. The plan is have the work start right away and be ready for the fire department to move in just after the first of the year.
The cost of the project is $900,000, which is $100,000 under budget. The city previously approved construction of a new public safety building for the police department to be located just north of the existing public safety building on Main Street. The cost for that project is around $1.5 million.
Monmouth Mayor Rod Davies tells WGIL the soon-to-be converted building for the fire department is perfect.
"This is an excellent facility. It's 15,000 square feet, which actually is 5,000 more than what we felt the minimum was needed to provide them (fire department) with adequate space, so it does give us space to grow into. It will be completely renovated. It will be a turnkey operation."
Davies says the city worked to acquire the building in earnest over the past 90 days, and officials also explored options for new construction on a different site on the north side of town.
The mayor says the building, when it's renovated, will have living quarters, meeting rooms, exercise rooms, a kitchen and locker room facilities. It will also provide the fire department with a lot of room to keep equipment there that's currently located at various facilities in the city.
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