UPDATE: Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Fire Station

UPDATE: A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Rockford's first new fire station in 25 years will take place on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

The new Station #3 which will be located approximately two (2) blocks west of the Marchesano and South Main intersection and will be the first new fire station built in 25 years. The city is building a new station because the road improvements currently underway to South Main Street have eliminated much of the frontage and driveway of the station creating significant safety concerns.

The new building, which will cost $3,990,000.00, will be a total of 15,000 square feet which consist of four drive-through apparatus bays; a training room and associated living quarters. The site is 3.6 acres and the building will be constructed of red brick masonry and gable roofs construction to compliment the surrounding architecture of the neighborhood. Construction is expected to be completed by March 31, 2015. The existing Station #3 is located at 1520 South Main Street and is home to Engine 3 and Ambulance Charlie 29 as well as Boat 2, which is used for water rescues. The existing station will remain open until the new station is complete.

If you would like to attend the groundbreaking, note that 15th Ave from Main St to Seminary is closed. Also please be aware that due to a gas line break Tuesday, there may still be traffic delays. The city says the best way to get to the ceremony heading south would be Winnebago to Montague to Clifton. The site is at the corner of Montague and Clifton. Parking is accessible on Clifton just south of Montague.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- First responders in south Rockford will get a new home after the city council approves the construction of a the city's first new fire station in 25 years.

Aldermen all said yes Monday night to take out a $5 million in loans to pay for the building. It will go here along Marchesano Drive to replace the current Fire Station 3 on South Main Street.

Fire Station 3 will lose 12-feet of its driveway when the State of Illinois widens South Main Street, making it basically unusable plans are to open the new fire house in the summer of 2015.

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