Peninsula Township breaks ground on new Fire Station 3 on Center Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Township breaks ground on new Fire Station 3 on Center Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
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If you’ve driven out to Mission Point Lighthouse in the past week, you may have noticed some activity on the site of the new Fire Station 3. Peninsula Township has indeed broken ground at 19270 Center Road, between Swaney Road and Tompkins Road.

The new station will include housing for fire staff, and will also house the department’s wildfire truck, which will be upgraded to a Medical First Response truck. The department’s boat may also be stored there during the winter months.

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Peninsula Township breaks ground on new Fire Station 3 on Center Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Township breaks ground on new Fire Station 3 on Center Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Township breaks ground on new Fire Station 3 on Center Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Township breaks ground on new Fire Station 3 on Center Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Township breaks ground on new Fire Station 3 on Center Road | Jane Boursaw Photo
Peninsula Township breaks ground on new Fire Station 3 on Center Road | Jane Boursaw Photo

At a special meeting of the Peninsula Township Board in July, the board voted unanimously to hire Grand Traverse Construction as the contractor, and earlier this month, they approved a motion to use State Savings Bank for financing at a cost not to exceed $1.1 million. Gourdie-Fraser is handling the plans and engineering.

Jennifer Hodges with drawing of Peninsula Fire Department Station 3 | Jane Boursaw Photo
Gourdie-Fraser Project Manager Jennifer Hodges with a drawing of Peninsula Fire Department Station 3 | Jane Boursaw Photo

Fire Chief Fred Gilstorff says the construction of the new fire station will not only improve response times on the north end of the Peninsula, but will also give residents in that area better insurance premiums. When the fire station is built, he encourages those residents to call their insurance companies to ensure they are getting the best rates.

Read more about the ISO Ratings (Insurance Services Offices) here, including how they pertain to the Old Mission Peninsula. Here are some renderings of the new Fire Station 3…

Rendering of Fire Station 3, Peninsula Township Fire Department on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rendering of Fire Station 3, Peninsula Township Fire Department on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rendering of Fire Station 3, Peninsula Township Fire Department on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rendering of Fire Station 3, Peninsula Township Fire Department on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rendering of Fire Station 3, Peninsula Township Fire Department on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rendering of Fire Station 3, Peninsula Township Fire Department on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rendering of Fire Station 3, Peninsula Township Fire Department on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rendering of Fire Station 3, Peninsula Township Fire Department on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rendering of Fire Station 3, Peninsula Township Fire Department on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo
Rendering of Fire Station 3, Peninsula Township Fire Department on the Old Mission Peninsula | Jane Boursaw Photo

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