“This new fire station represents a community that is truly working together,” said Chief Jeremy A. Pell. “Thanks to progressive planning, this community will reap the benefits of their local fire department for many years to come.”
The department purchased nearly 2.3 acres of land from Center Grove Schools for the project, marking a new partnership between the department and the school district.
“What you see today is a result of a long-standing partnership between our organizations,” said Scott Alexander, president of the Center Grove Board of School Trustees. “The decision to transfer this property to the White River Township Fire Department is not only a win for the department but also for our school corporation, the neighborhoods that surround them and the taxpayers of White River Township.”
The nearly $8 million project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019. The 23,840 square-foot building will replace the current headquarters at 850 S. Mullinix Road, which will be torn down as part of the I-69 project.
“We are pleased to work with the White River Township Fire Department on this project,” said Rich Arkanoff, superintendent of the school district.
“We know it is a fiscally responsible decision that will increase the fire protection and overall safety of these two schools and the neighborhoods around them.”
The financial resources for the building construction were provided by the Indiana Department of Transportation. Federal law allows the state to replace any publicly owned building that must be relocated due to a construction project.
A design committee, made up of the department’s firefighters, paramedic, officers and employees, met with architects to help determine the needs of the building. In addition to including a Johnson County Sheriff Department substation, the new station will include a larger community room as well as additional bay areas and the ability to expand staffing quarters as the community continues to grow.
The department protects 36,000 residents over an area of approximately 26 square miles, which includes the corridors along State Roads 135 and 37.