Fire Station 2

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Current Project Status:

On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, City Council gave approval for the City to enter into a purchase agreement for the property at 4401 West 76th Street for the purposes of building a new fire station. The City must secure debt financing before purchasing the property. To secure the most cost-effective debt financing, the City will ask Council to authorize financing for up to $39 million of general obligation bonds for the land acquisition and construction of the fire station project. The actual amount of debt financing needed to complete the project is not yet known because it depends on many factors, including: potential funding support from the state bonding bill; the results of the pre-design and design processes that establish the final scope of the new facility and the construction bids.

The first step in securing the financing is for Council to hold a public hearing on the fire station project on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. There are multiple ways to participate:

1. On-line via Better Together from June 1-16

2. Voicemail by calling 952-826-0377 (option 1)

3. In-person at the June 21, City Council meeting

Due to the economic impacts by extending the project timeline, Council will take action immediately following the close of the public hearing at its June 21 meeting.

Following the hearing and a 30-day waiting period, the City will issue bonds to pay for the property. These bond funds are intended to be used to acquire the property in late summer 2022.

Project Background:

For several years, the Edina Fire Department has been responding to an increasing number of emergency medical calls for service. The area of town with the greatest growth and concentration of medical calls is the southeast quadrant of the city, south of the Crosstown and east of Minnesota Highway 100.

The Fire Department currently operates Fire Station 2 on York Avenue next to the Southdale YMCA. Staffed with two Firefighter/Paramedics, Fire Station 2 is not large enough to provide the level of services needed in the southeast quadrant in the future. The land is also too small to build the size of station needed to best serve the community.

Last year, the City Council directed staff to search for potential sites for a new Fire Station 2. After much research and consideration of multiple locations, sites were presented to City Council. Determined to be the best site was the east parking lot of Rosland Park, which primarily serves the Edina Aquatic Center. The other site is located at 4401 W. 76th St. in the Pentagon Park Neighborhood.

Current Project Status:

On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, City Council gave approval for the City to enter into a purchase agreement for the property at 4401 West 76th Street for the purposes of building a new fire station. The City must secure debt financing before purchasing the property. To secure the most cost-effective debt financing, the City will ask Council to authorize financing for up to $39 million of general obligation bonds for the land acquisition and construction of the fire station project. The actual amount of debt financing needed to complete the project is not yet known because it depends on many factors, including: potential funding support from the state bonding bill; the results of the pre-design and design processes that establish the final scope of the new facility and the construction bids.

The first step in securing the financing is for Council to hold a public hearing on the fire station project on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. There are multiple ways to participate:

1. On-line via Better Together from June 1-16

2. Voicemail by calling 952-826-0377 (option 1)

3. In-person at the June 21, City Council meeting

Due to the economic impacts by extending the project timeline, Council will take action immediately following the close of the public hearing at its June 21 meeting.

Following the hearing and a 30-day waiting period, the City will issue bonds to pay for the property. These bond funds are intended to be used to acquire the property in late summer 2022.

Project Background:

For several years, the Edina Fire Department has been responding to an increasing number of emergency medical calls for service. The area of town with the greatest growth and concentration of medical calls is the southeast quadrant of the city, south of the Crosstown and east of Minnesota Highway 100.

The Fire Department currently operates Fire Station 2 on York Avenue next to the Southdale YMCA. Staffed with two Firefighter/Paramedics, Fire Station 2 is not large enough to provide the level of services needed in the southeast quadrant in the future. The land is also too small to build the size of station needed to best serve the community.

Last year, the City Council directed staff to search for potential sites for a new Fire Station 2. After much research and consideration of multiple locations, sites were presented to City Council. Determined to be the best site was the east parking lot of Rosland Park, which primarily serves the Edina Aquatic Center. The other site is located at 4401 W. 76th St. in the Pentagon Park Neighborhood.

  • Financing Public Hearing

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    On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, City Council gave approval for the City to enter into a purchase agreement for the property at 4401 West 76th Street for the purposes of building a new fire station. The City must secure debt financing before purchasing the property. To secure the most cost-effective debt financing, the City will ask Council to authorize financing for up to $39 million of general obligation bonds for the land acquisition and construction of the fire station project. The actual amount of debt financing needed to complete the project is not yet known because it depends on many factors, including: potential funding support from the state bonding bill; the results of the pre-design and design processes that establish the final scope of the new facility and the construction bids.

    The first step in securing the financing is for Council to hold a public hearing on the fire station project on Tuesday, June 21, 2022. There are multiple ways to participate:

    1. On-line via Better Together from June 1-16

    2. Voicemail by calling 952-826-0377 (option 1)

    3. In-person at the June 21, City Council meeting

    Due to the economic impacts by extending the project timeline, Council will take action immediately following the close of the public hearing at its June 21 meeting.

    Following the hearing and a 30-day waiting period, the City will issue bonds to pay for the property. These bond funds are intended to be used to acquire the property in late summer 2022.

  • Public Input Collected

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    The public input process on the site selection has concluded. Staff will be reviewing all the input collected over the next several weeks. A presentation will be shared with City Council on May 4.

  • Video Available

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  • Video of Last Night's Presentation

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    Chief Slama's neighborhood meeting presentation was video taped. The video team is preparing it to be shared. The video will be posted on this site as soon as it is available. A pdf of the presentation can be found here. Watch this page for updates on the project.

  • Collecting Comments until April 15

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    The City is in Phase 1 of the Fire Station 2 project which is site selection. There are two sites identified. To share you comments and concerns on the specific sites visit the tab "site selection" to provide public input.

    The comment period will be open until April 15.

  • Project Phase 1

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    The Fire Station 2 project is currently in Phase 1: Site Selection.

    At this time, two sites in the southeast quadrant of the City have been identified for potential development of a new Fire Station 2. One is located within the boundaries of Rosland Park, on the north end of the East parking lot. A parking ramp would be constructed and located on the south side of the East Parking lot. The other site is located at 4401 76th St. W., in the Pentagon Park neighborhood.

    In order to provide a forum for neighborhood concerns and see how City staff can address them moving forward, a neighborhood meeting has been scheduled for late March.

    Several questions have been raised about the station's design specifics and costs, along with other operational issues. It is important to note that, at this stage, the details are limited and will be addressed once the site is selected. The graphic below illustrates the project timeline.

    Stay tuned to this site for further updates as the process moves forward.

  • FAQ and More Information Coming

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    Thank you to everyone who sent in questions so far! The City is preparing responses in a FAQ format and will notify those who submitted when it is posted. Parking, park amenities, sound, traffic, aquatic center, etc. will be addressed. Stay up to date by checking into this project page.

Page last updated: 26 Sep 2022, 10:16 AM