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City Council approves $2.16M renovation of Redlands Fire Station No. 262

The upgrades will accommodate recruits from multiple genders

Garden Street fire department to receive $2.16M in renovations including a fitness center and new dormitories. (Photo: Google Earth 2024)

REDLANDS, Calif. – The Redlands City Council approved a $2,160,000 contract for remodeling Redlands Fire Station No.262 on Garden Street during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Why it matters: Renovations to the fire station, including additional dormitories and a fitness room, will allow for the recruitment of both female and male candidates in the future.

Details: According to Redlands city staff, Redlands Fire Station No. 262, constructed in 1965, needs a number of upgrades. For the past 18 months, city staff has been working with the fire department to plan structural upgrades to the 3,683 square-foot one-story building and the addition of a fitness room and six crew dormitories.

The station is essential for providing adequate response time for the southeast quadrant of the city.

Eleven bids were received for the project, with Elegant Construction identified as the lowest responsible and responsive bidder. The total project amount is $2.16 million, which includes a 10% contingency.

What they're saying: According to Redlands City Manager Charles Duggan, the remodel will enable the station to expand recruitment.

"This will allow us to handle multiple genders at the station, something very important to us as we recruit for the future," said Duggan, emphasizing an intentional effort to accommodate future recruitment needs.

Moving forward: Construction on the project is expected to take 180 days, according to the contract.