A small ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new Fire Station 3 on the north end of the Old Mission Peninsula yesterday.
In attendance were Peninsula Fire Department staff and Fire Chief Fred Gilstorff, members of the Township Board, Paul Mahon of Grand Traverse Construction, architect Ray Kenda of Environment Architects, and project manager Jennifer Hodges of Gourdie-Fraser (who brought the doughnuts!). Township Supervisor Rob Manigold manned the scissors and cut the ribbon.
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While there are still a few outdoor jobs to complete, including landscaping, the station is ready for service to the north end of the township and will be staffed beginning April 1, 2021.
An Open House for the public to tour the station will be held at a later date.
Gilstorff thanked the community for their support and donations, including Golden Fowler in Traverse City for their donation of furniture. Also, the beautiful quilt in the photos below came from Stitches of Kindness, a program of Samaritas Senior Living of Traverse City.
Located at 19270 Center Road, between Swaney Road and Tompkins Road, construction of the new fire station took place over the fall and winter. The building includes housing for Fire Department staff, and will also house a Medical First Response truck.
Gilstorff says the new fire station will not only improve response times in that area, but will also help to improve the fire department’s ISO ratings, giving residents in that area better insurance premiums. (Read more about ISO ratings here.)
Check out a few photos of the new building and ribbon-cutting ceremony below.
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