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$6.5 Million Avalon Firehouse Project Underway

Posted November 15th 2021

The Avalon Volunteer Fire Company building is being renovated and expanded following the Borough Council’s approval of a contract with Arthur J. Ogren, Inc. for $6,527,600. Council also approved Mott Macdonald to provide construction phase engineering services for $127,900.

Work on the project began in the area behind the firehouse, located at 3100 Dune Drive, and is expected to continue through the spring of 2023. The area around the firehouse will be a construction zone through the completion of the project. This area includes the Avalon Senior Center, but the borough assures that the ramp to the Senior Center will remain open.

The expansion of the firehouse is necessary for many reasons, the most important being safety.

“We have added equipment to our safety fleet for which the original firehouse was not designed to hold,” said Scott Wahl, Avalon’s business administrator. “We have equipment that is placed between other equipment, which is unsafe. “

Once the construction is complete, the department will have larger areas to ensure safe storage of the various pieces of apparatus as well as more space to clean and care for the equipment.

Since the borough created the stipend program for firefighters to stay at the station overnight to cut response times, these firefighters needed a place to sleep on quiet nights. This addition and renovation plan includes just that.

Another area to be expanded during the addition is the shelter space. During weather emergencies, the firehouse is used as a local shelter. With the growth of the community, the amount of possible shelter space needed to grow as well.

Due to the construction project, the path of traffic around the west side of the firehouse has changed slightly. The parking lot and access lines of the Avalon School and the Avalon Free Public Library will remain open at all times throughout the construction work.

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