Rendering of a new firehouse for Historic Downtown
Loveland, Ohio – The City recently promoted a glimpse of what a new fire station will look like that will be built in Historic Downtown. A new Station 63 will be located one block East of the current station.
The current Station 63 firehouse at the intersection of East Loveland Avenue and State Route 48 will be relocated to 220 East Loveland Avenue adjacent to The Trails at East Loveland senior apartment community.
In making the announcement, Loveland-Symmes Fire Department fire Chief Otto Huber said, “I would like to thank the citizens’ working group who helped evaluate the new location. The station will provide much needed safety upgrades for our firefighters and will help us provide service to the community for decades to come.”
The new station will be one-third larger and have two road entry points. One from from O’Bannon Avenue and one from East Loveland Avenue, and features more lot space to maneuver equipment according to City Hall.
At more than 10,000 square feet, the station will feature two pull-through apparatus bays, one back-in bay, training rooms, ample storage for fire and EMS equipment, full living quarters, office space, and public restrooms. The building will be one story with garage door heights of 14 feet.
The City says that it did not financially, make sense to renovate the existing firehouse and that multiple safety upgrades were needed. “For instance, today’s code would require an elevator to be installed — a huge expense for a building lacking other needed modern amenities. The current station has no pull-through bays, and its intersection location poses challenges.”
“There were many reasons to rebuild the station, but the key reason came back to response time. Having pull-through bays and more access points dramatically can improve crews’ response,” explained Assistant City Manager Cory Wright.