At the October 14, 2013 City Council meeting, staff was directed by the Council to pursue the option of constructing a new Central Fire Station. The City of Janesville, with assistance from design consultant Five Bugles, is now in the process of developing plans for replacing the current station located at 303 Milton Avenue. This webpage will be updated regularly to keep the community informed of the project’s status and new project developments.
Why does the Central Fire Station need to be replaced?
The current station (Station No. 1), which houses the JFD administrative offices and numerous vehicles and equipment, is 57 years old. The building no longer adequately meets the needs of the JFD for a variety of reasons:
| 1) There is no separate dormitory for female firefighters. Therefore, fire service employees have little privacy from members of the other gender for sleeping and dressing.
| 2) Since 1957, fire apparatus has grown considerably in size and the current space does not adequately house the equipment used today.
| 3) Discussions on constructing a new central fire station have been ongoing since 1994. As a result, many necessary maintenance projects have been deferred (such as roof repair, window replacement, and boiler replacement). These maintenance projects can no longer be delayed, which adds to the cost associated with remaining in the current station.
Where will the new station be located?
At the March 10, 2014 City Council meeting, the Council will consider two potential sites for the future station. Both sites in consideration are within the near vicinity of the current station.
How were the potential sites selected?
A total of nine sites were examined during the site selection process. Evaluation factors included response time efficiency, response route accessibility, size, traffic hazards, target hazard proximity, topography, environmental issues, site value to tax base, acquisition cost, and site development cost. Response time efficiency and response route accessibility received the highest consideration. It was determined that the current site was favored, with nearly all other sites having a significant negative effect on response time efficiency.
For more information on the site selection process, acceptable response times and a comparison of Janesville with our peer cities on miles served per fire station, please click here.
What is the project timeline?
- February 26, 2014 - Public Information Meeting #1
- 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Current Fire Station No. 1 (303 Milton Avenue)
- March 10, 2014 – City Council meeting to review program budget and site plan
- 7:00 p.m. at Council Chambers, #417, Municipal Building (18 N. Jackson)
- July 2014 – Public Information Meeting #2
- 1st Quarter 2015 – Construction bid process begins
- 2nd Quarter 2016 – Occupancy of new station
For more information:
Please see the materials below or contact Fire Chief Jim Jensen at email@example.com or 755-3050.
February 26, 2014 Public Information Meeting Materials: