Fire/EMS building, city hall remodel get council green light

By: 
Wade Young

The proposed fire and ambulance facility will be decided by voters on November 5. (Drawing by BKV Group)

The Montgomery City Council gave the green light on Monday to ask voters to approve its $6.7 million building project this November.

The special election, scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, will ask voters to approve a new fire and EMS building, and a remodel to city hall that will include the police department.

Prior to the council’s approval, it held a public hearing on the subject. City Administrator Brian Heck reviewed the city’s 20-year efforts to build a new facility. The history includes two space studies and multiple proposals that started at 40,000 square feet at $3.9 million in 2004. Today’s update consists of a fire/EMS building of 14,537 square feet and a 10,769 square foot remodel of city hall for a cost of $6.9 million.

The council began planning for the latest design a year ago. It hired an architectural firm, worked with city departments for needs, assessed city hall’s needs, and designed a new facility that is expected to be located east of Traditions of Montgomery. It also held public meetings, and revised plans after those meetings.

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