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.

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    Can you please post a list of the 27 sites that were evaluated for fire station #2

    AaaCee asked 6 months ago

    Hello! Thank you for your question. I was able to consult with the City's Economic Development Manager on this question. 

    Since the City is still in the process of determining the site for Fire Station #2 and is in active conversations with property owners regarding potential land acquisition, at this time, disclosure of specific addresses would damage the City’s negotiating position.

    -MJ Lamon

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    It's verdddddy disappointing to hear that a portion of our park is considered a site for a new fire station. Not only is safety a concern with increased fast vehicle traffic through a parking area filled with kids, walkers, bikers, with one narrow exit, but how can you ensure that this site will be big enough for future growth of Edina. The city council continues to approve multi-family developments. Can this site accommodate the needs for the increasing fire and EMS calls? And is there is a reason that the the old Public Works space on Eden was not considered? At 3.3 acres, it sat vacant until 2021. Why was this city owned property adjacent to HWY100 not a viable option.

    Colleen Daman asked 6 months ago

    Both of the potential sites could accommodate the forecasted call volume.  Fire Station 2 serves the South East Quadrant of the City. The Eden Avenue site would not serve the SE quadrant.

    -Andrew Slama

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    Thank you for taking the Edina community's feedback on this. The Rosland Park location is not an appropriate location - it is a beautiful, high trafficked place with the pool and the park right there. Our family has lived in Edina for 10+ years and we frequent both often. Please choose the location at 76th Street. Other than a minimally slower response time from that location, it looks to me that the 76th St location is optimal for every other reason listed below. If you're asking for public feedback, I think it is important to add up comments in favor and opposed to both locations and take that into strong consideration. Failing to do that results in fewer people engaging and commenting on future projects. Thank you! Tim O'Neill

    timhoneill asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your comments.  We appreciate the feedback.

    -Andrew Slama 

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    As somebody who is within walking distance of Rosland (at least once the pedestrian bridge is restored) and uses both the nature features and the pool with some frequency, I am struggling to see how using this site as a fire station is consistent with the current high level of use of the park as a recreational facility for families. Parking is already difficult at various times, as shown by the number of cars that are parked on the street alongside the trails. This park is an Edina gem. While I can see how living closer to a fire station could be valuable in the event of a fire emergency, taking away parking for an important space to the community doesn't make any sense, particularly when there is another suitable location available nearby.

    Karensandler asked 6 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. We appreciate the feedback. 

    -Andrew Slama 

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    Edina does not give up parkland unless there is no other alternative for some public project. Here we have a viable alternative. Putting a large parking structure in an area where little children congregate is asking for an accident. I can’t think why this has not raised huge red flags. The proposed exit from the park site is a nightmare during rush hour. I can’t think why that has not been discussed by the planners and eliminated as a bad idea, unless you are going to completely reconfigure the street in front of the park. With the closing of the small firehouse next to Y, that area of Edina, with the highest call numbers, needs a replacement in that area, not by the pool. Driving down France or xerxes to get to this high call area is problematic most of the day, I know because I drive it often. In conclusion, I hope the decision has not already been made to use the pool area. I have been disillusioned with these public comments being regularly ignored. You need to listen to the people who live here and drive here, not some theoretical notions of bureaucrats.

    Edina1984 asked 6 months ago

    No decisions have been made on a final location. Thank you for your comments. We appreciate the feedback.

    -Andrew Slama 

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    Hennepin County has been looking for a new site for their library. Would it be possible for the City of Edina and Hennepin County to build a joint facility at the York Ave site that could house a new library as well as Fire Station #2?

    Frand01 asked 6 months ago

    The current County owned property is not available on the market.  During this site selection process, staff evaluated all available properties on the market.  

    -Andrew Slama

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    Chief Slama has stated that 2 to 4 acres for Fire Station No. 2 would be optimal. Given that the Rosland Park/Community Pool parking lot is only roughly 2 acres, then what parts of the grounds at Rosland Park would be excavated in order to achieve the 4 acres at this site?

    Roberta C asked 6 months ago

    2-4 acres is optimal for a fire station design.  After a site is selected a design process would be completed to design a station to fit the space available.  

    -Andrew Slama

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    The Five Bugles study contains an Appendix. The Appendix is found on Pages 20 through 33. The Appendix contains only maps. However, the report authors indicate that they provided more than maps in the Appendix. Specifically, in Section 4 - Space Needs Assessment, on Page 16, Paragraph 2, the authors wrote that: "A detailed listing of the space needs developed in the study are included in the appendix of the report." Therefore, it appears that the City of Edina has withheld a portion of the study from the public. Will you please publicly post the entire Five Bugles report, including, without limitation, the complete “detailed listing of the space needs”, as well as any and all other pages from the Five Bugles report, without limitation, that the City of Edina has not yet publicly disclosed?

    Roberta C asked 6 months ago

    The study published on the website is the final report submitted to the City Council.  We will contact 5 Bugles to ask why this was stated but not included with the appendix.  

    -Andrew Slama

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    How many square feet would there be in the new Fire Station 2?

    AaaCee asked 6 months ago

    A fire station design would be necessary to determine the square footage for Fire Station 2.  In the site selection phase we know 2-4 acres are optimal for a fire station that would include administrative staff (Public Health), current fire apparatus, and accommodating future growth of emergency responses.  

    -Andrew Slama

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    How many Community Health Division staff would be moved from City Hall to Fire Station 2? Would you be hiring additional staff to perform the public health initiatives like blood pressure checks, etc.

    AaaCee asked 6 months ago

    8 public health staff would be moved from City Hall. Fire Department staff perform blood pressure checks at the station.  No new staff would be hired to perform blood pressure checks.  

    -Andrew Slama 

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