STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Construction is starting on a new Stillwater Fire Department station and Minnesota National Guard armory.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports (http://bit.ly/1tnwe5i ) the groundbreaking on the neighboring sites will be Friday. The new fire station will replace a 50-year-old building downtown.
Fire Chief Stuart Glaser says firefighters now need eight minutes or more to respond to calls on Stillwater's west side. He says the new station should help achieve five- to six-minute responses citywide.
The $7.3 million building will be 27,000 square feet. That's more than twice the size of the old station.
Army National Guard Col. Larry Herke says the readiness center will employ roughly 30 people full time and host 180 soldiers for two weekends a month. Minnesota will contribute $1 million to the $18 million, 80,000-square-foot armory.
Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com