Aug 5, 2022 - News

Des Moines to relocate, build new fire station

A photo of Des Moines Fire Station #4.
Redevelopment plans for the current site of Des Moines’ Fire Station #4 have not been determined. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Des Moines would close one of its central city fire stations and relocate it about a mile away in a project that goes before the city council Monday.

  • Fire Station # 4, 917 University Ave., would move to 19th and Clark Streets under the proposal.

Why it matters: The move will help centralize its location within the #4 district and improve response times, Fire Chief John TeKippe told Axios Thursday.

Driving the news: Property acquisition by the city, which includes two residential homes, would start if the council approves Monday's proposal.

  • The estimated cost to buy land, relocate the families and move or demolish the homes is $500,000.

Catch up fast: The fire department evaluated station functionality in recent years and identified #4 as its highest priority project because of response times and the facility's age. It was built in 1954.

By the numbers: The overall project costs — acquisition and construction — are around $10.5 million.

  • Average response times from the station are expected to improve by about a minute, which is a significant improvement in emergency situations, TeKippe said.

Of note: The proposed station would be similar in size to the new #11 that opened in November on the city's east side.

  • Yes, but: It would include an additional fourth apparatus bay and a stair training tower.

What's next: Site acquisition will take about eight months if the council approves the plan.

  • Construction would take about 18 months. The new station could be completed in late 2025.
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