breaking news

Springfield beats Lebanon to stay undefeated

A Greene County department will build a new $5.75M firehouse, and the site was carefully picked


Construction on a new firehouse in Greene County’s Miami Twp. is expected to begin this summer.

The $5.75 million project is being funded through a 2.4-mill, 30-year bond issue that voters overwhelmingly passed in May 2017.

Township officials are now in the bidding process in search of a contractor for the job.

STAY CONNECTED: Greene County News on Facebook

The new building will be constructed on about two acres at 1001 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs. The land was purchased by Miami Twp. Board of Trustees from Wright State University in 2017 for $350,000, according to Greene County property records.

Yellow Springs Home Inc. is under contract to buy the rest of the lots from WSU at the site for a purchase price of $270,000. Home inc. plans to build apartment units for senior citizens.

The design and plans for the new firehouse are done, and the county has issued a foundation permit for the project, according to Miami Twp. Fire Chief Colin Altman.

“We’re ready to grant contracts and start building this summer,” Altman said.

Altman said the new firehouse will enable the department to better serve around the clock, seven days a week, with the addition of sleeping rooms, training space and a kitchen.

MORE: Yellow Springs trust to buy WSU property for senior living options

“It will be an enhancement of what we have now and allow us to operate like a 21st century fire department,” he said.

Altman said the new building will be more than double the size of the current firehouse, Station 81 at 225 Corry Street, which was built in the 1950s and limits the size of the trucks the department can park there.

The location for the new firehouse is strategic. Altman said a multi-year analysis on response times by the department showed that “the Wright State lot gave us the best times to the majority of our population.”

Miami Twp. Fire and Rescue has five full-time firefighters, nine part-time firefighters and 22 volunteers, Altman said. They serve nearly 5,000 residents in the villages of Yellow Springs and Clifton and all the unincorporated areas of the township, according to the latest U.S. Census data.

From 2016 statistics, the department responded to a total of 1,189 emergency calls, including 882 EMS runs and 307 fire calls. The department reports that same year they conducted 108 fire safety inspections and completed 3,900 training hours.

MORE: How a colorful wildflower bloom in Sugarcreek Twp. came to be

The current firehouse is expected to be put up for sale after the department moves to the new facility, which is expected to be finished by summer 2019, officials said.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in News

Hurricane Safety: 6 scary, infectious illnesses you can catch from floodwater
Hurricane Safety: 6 scary, infectious illnesses you can catch from floodwater

Hurricanes can leave behind tons of damage, including flooding. But did you know that treading through the wrong kind of water can cause illnesses or even death? Floodwaters and standing water are often contaminated, posing several risks, such as infectious diseases, chemical hazards and injuries. Here are six sicknesses you should...
CDC: Life expectancy in U.S. declines for second year in a row
CDC: Life expectancy in U.S. declines for second year in a row

For the second year in a row, the life expectancy of Americans got shorter. >> Read more trending news  According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, the overall life expectancy in the U.S. was 78.6 years, down .1 from the previous year. Men can expect to live 76.1 years, down from...
Hurricane Safety: What are hurricane categories and what do they mean?
Hurricane Safety: What are hurricane categories and what do they mean?

The East Coast is no stranger to hurricanes and the destruction that follows. The Saffir-Simpson scale was developed to help determine damage and flooding before it strikes.   What is a hurricane?  A hurricane is a rotating low-pressure weather system that converts the energy of warm air into winds and waves. Hurricanes have “warm...
Hurricane Safety: Here’s a step-by-step guide to filing an insurance claim
Hurricane Safety: Here’s a step-by-step guide to filing an insurance claim

A hurricane leaves a path of destruction and many are left trying to figure out how to begin the chore of cleaning up and repairing their property.  >> Read more trending news  Insurance companies will send claims teams to the affected areas after the event so that customers can get the process of filing a claim started and get the...
Hurricane Safety: 10 tips to stay safe when returning home after a natural disaster
Hurricane Safety: 10 tips to stay safe when returning home after a natural disaster

While much attention is placed on storm preparedness, the period just after a natural disaster can be particularly dangerous. Weary residents who are eager to return to their homes are at increased risk for a variety of life-threatening situations, including carbon monoxide poisoning, electrocution, mold exposure and food poisoning. The following...
More Stories