AFD Proposes Reconstructing Another Fire Station

With the approval of the reconstruction of Station 2 still fresh, the Albuquerque Fire Department has proposed the reconstruction of another fire station-Station 7.

The proposition presented to the council says there are two main reasons for the project: the deficiency of the current Station 7, and the “strategic potential that would be derived from the relocation of the existing Fire Station 7.”

The relocation of the station would allow for the construction of apparatus bays and living space like a kitchen, dining area, sleeping quarters, day room and meeting areas, according to the proposal. The new station would add a ladder company to the existing engine and advanced life support unit.

The station was built in the early ’50s and had only one engine and was later expanded to house a rescue unit and crew quarters. The proposal states that there are structural problems with the building.

The proposal estimates the cost to be around $3.6 million. The below graphic illustrates the projected costs of reconstruction. Click the image to see an interactive visualization.

Proposed Costs for Reconstructing Albuquerque Fire Station 7 Many Eyes

As the graphic illustrates, the biggest cost is the square footage: $200/sq.ft. The design and development and the design and construction are the next largest costs.

The funding for this project will come from six separate sources. The graphic below illustrates the funding proposals the Fire Department submitted to the city. Click the graphic to see an interactive visualization of the data.

Proposed Funding Many Eyes

The proposed budget is about $65,000 lower than the costs. The Fire Department will have to find a way to cover the costs before the project can begin.

Station 7 is currently located on the southwest side of town at 116 47th Street NW in city District 3. The proposed location of the new site is on the northwest corner of 57th Street and Central Avenue.

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