FARMINGTON — Plans to construct a new fire station and fire department administration building are underway after City Council awarded a contract to Rhode May Keller McNamara Architecture, P.C. on Sept. 4.

The architectural firm will work with city and fire department officials to draft a final design.

The new station will be built behind Fire Station One at 301 North Auburn Ave. to replace the aging facility, constructed in the 1950s.

"At that time, there was only one fire station in the city," said Fire Chief Terry Page. "Where the fire station is located ... it's the busiest district in the city."

Officials added sections to the fire station as the city grew, but never accounted for office space, leaving the fire department without a central location to conduct its administrative duties, Page said.

After construction on the new fire station is complete, the fire department will move its personnel and equipment in to the new building. The old fire station will be torn down, and construction on a new administration will begin.

Construction, however, will not begin for another 10 to 12 months.

After the final architectural plans are complete, they must be approved by the city's Community Development, and Planning and Zoning Division.

"(Construction's) going to be a while, but we're excited that the bid's been awarded," Page said.

The station is located in the city's Metropolitan Redevelopment Area, located north of Pinon Street and south of Apache Street.


The city created the area under the state's Metropolitan Redevelopment Code, which provides cities with the powers to revitalize areas in decline or experiencing stagnation.

Part of the vision for the Metropolitan Redevelopment Area is to construct a combined administration building for the city's fire and police departments.

"There has been discussion on the idea, but it hasn't been vetted out," Campbell said.