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Philadelphia Breaks Ground For A New Firehouse In Tacony

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Despite Philadelphia’s ongoing budget issues (see related story), the Tacony section of the city is getting a new fire station.

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held today at the site, at Magee Avenue and Keystone Street.

The former Engine Company 38 had to be demolished to make way for a new I-95 ramp and improvements along nearby Cottman Avenue. But Councilwoman Joan Krajewski made sure that money was set aside in the capital budget to replace it.

“We fought for it to no end,” she said today.  “We put it in our capital budget and we wouldn’t touch it.”

Soon, a new Engine 38 firehouse, adjacent to Disston Park, is expected to be in service by December 2012.

It’s a nearly $7-million, “LEED Silver” certified station, according to fire commissioner Lloyd Ayers.

“We expect that 18 months after putting that shovel in the ground, that we’ll have wheels rolling from a brand new firehouse,” he said.

Firefighters from the old engine company were assigned to other details in the meantime, but many are expected to return to the new Engine Company 38.  This is happening at a time during which the Nutter administration is doing “rolling brownouts” — temporarily deactivating fire companies to save on firefighters’ overtime.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • anonymous

    it’s not built yet. what happens when they are over budget? The city will somehow find another couple million? Expected completion date is December 2012, IF there is no road blocks like a bad winter or vandalism. How many other buildings were left abandoned/ half built because the money dried up
    This “project” was postponed and postponed and postponed because all the bids were too high.

  • Givmeh2o

    $7 Million could restore a number of existing firehouses that are Bownedout!

    • Anonymous

      That’s exactly my point. Thank you.

  • grumpy

    This city needs to be put back into a receivership! It’s getting out of control! Drop monies for elected part-timers, $7,000,000.00 set aside for this firehouse, etc, etc.
    Where is a good impartial outside auditor?


    and all the money paid to the architects, engineers and other designers. none of whom are city employees.

  • State engineer

    It is only money. Now we just need more taxes,maybe this time more taxes on baby food…

  • bottomline

    Yes, it’s real confusing, I’m afraid to hear the explanation.

    • Anonymous

      Me 2.

  • Anonymous

    Hmmmm. Let’s do the math here. Closing Fire Houses in certain neighborhoods and Building new ones in other certain neighborhoods. I wonder what that’s about?

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