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Gearhart City Council OKs funds for firehouse study

Money will be used to provide renderings of three sites
By R.J. Marx

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 6, 2018 11:13AM

Last changed on September 6, 2018 12:06PM

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R.J. Marx

Built in 1958 of unreinforced cinderblock, firefighters are pleading for a more resilient building.

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Gearhart's firehouse committee looked at a number of sites before narrowing them to three.

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Gearhart's firehouse committee looked at a number of sites before narrowing them to three.


Gearhart City Staff requested $15,000 from the building reserve fund to develop renderings and gather information for the fire station building in Gearhart.

The plans will be presented to the public during an upcoming town hall and other meetings.

The town hall could come in November or early December, City Administrator Chad Sweet said. “The funds should cover more than what we need,” he said.

The design won’t look exactly like the end project, but will provide scale and allow the public to “narrow the conversation and inform people,” City Attorney Peter Watts said.

The city currently has more than $185,000 in the building reserve fund.

Three locations are under consideration, Sweet said, Highpoint Station at the corner of Marion Avenue and 13th Street; the current location, Gearhart Park and the newly added Highpoint Station at the corner of Marion Avenue and 13th Street.

The goal of the study is to provide options, Mayor Matt Brown said.

“The more folks can visualize, the better,” Brown said. “What are some options, and we can decide on one of those locations, then we would do something more detailed.”

“We’ll maximize the monies we have,” Sweet said.



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