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Groundbreaking on new fire station still a few months from starting

Sunnyside firemen could soon see progress on upgrades to their station.

Sunnyside residents last April passed a $5.3 million bond issue to ensure the Sunnyside fire station will get a facelift and upgrade.

The 20-year bond is allowing the fire department to construct a new firehouse that will be 10,000 square feet larger than its current facility. Building plans include adding additional fire-engine bays, the purchase of a ladder fire engine, an additional building along with the modernization of the current building and more parking areas.

The city has already purchased nearly 10,000 square feet of land next to the current station, located at 518 S. Eighth St. An interfund loan in the amount of $250,000 was used to purchase the nearby vacant lot and office building. The recently passed bond issue will be used to help repay that loan.

Right now, engineers are nearly finished with the necessary paperwork and planning for the new structure, and Fire Chief Aaron Markham says the team will hopefully break ground on the project in the coming months.

Markham says he is reviewing copies of the construction documents before giving it to city council for approval. The demolition of the neighboring building will be sent out for bid in the next few weeks, according to Markham.

When it's all said and done, the current facility that was built in 1964 will have a new auto-sprinkler system and a modernized look, in addition to the 10,000 square foot addition.

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