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New fire station going up on time and on budget in Albany

Artist rendering of the new Station 11 under construction in Albany, Ore. (courtesy Albany Fire Department)

ALBANY, Ore. - A new $10 million fire station is going up downtown, paid for by a voter-approved bond measure.

While it's just nuts and bolts and planks and screws for now, in four months this will be the new Station 11 and administrative headquarters for the Albany Fire Department.

Fire Chief John Bradner said the 2015 bond measure allowed the department to retire the old Station 11 after 67 years.

"Seismically it was not sound; it did not have adequate emergency power for a blustery day like today if the power were to go out," the chief said.

Bulldozers took down the old station last summer to make room for the new building.

The community gathered to share memories before the demolition.

The facility will be complete with modern generators, solar panels and dual bay doors.

"It's definitely a nice facility," said James Lutz with Gerding Builders. "Definitely state of the art."

"Now with drive-through bays," Chief Bradner said, "we'll be able to just come in the back street, the back side on 6th and drive right into the back of the station."

Sidewalks will be replaced, with a whole new front facade and an entry room.

"This area will hold the old antique fire apparatus," Lutz said.

And speaking of antique, something else from the old fire station will slide into the new: an old brass fire pole from the early 1900s.

"It came out of our old station that was at this location and then we believe it came out of a previous Albany fire station," the chief said.

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