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Boardman plans new fire station near mall

Published: Mon, October 31, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Ashley Luthern



Township officials have confirmed they are in talks with Simon Property Group to lease a portion of land for a new main fire station.

Administrator Jason Loree said the location is close to the intersection of Stadium Drive and Market Street, near the Sears entrance of Southern Park Mall, which is owned by the Indiana-based Simon Property Group.

Loree said the township is looking for land because it has submitted an application for a federal grant for a new main fire station. He said the low-cost lease could be advantageous to Simon Property Group because it likely would lower insurance ratings for the mall.

Fiscal Officer William Leicht estimates the cost of the station is between $2 million and $2.5 million.

At this time, the project depends on grant assistance, Loree said.

The main fire station, on the corner of U.S. Route 224 and Southern Boulevard, was built in the 1920s, said Fire Chief George Brown.

“In the past several years, it’s had everything from black mold to raw sewage coming into the basement area. The basement is not usable,” Brown said.

The station doesn’t meet some of the new national standards, Brown said. For example, firefighter gear should be in a room that has an air circulation system that is separate from the rest of the building so particulates aren’t spread throughout the station.

Some equipment is so big it can’t fit in the main station, he said.

“Those doors were built back almost before modernized fire equipment and an addition was put on, but not for the size of apparatus we have today,” Brown said.

He said the new location would be near the current main station, which is closest to the majority of emergency calls.

“It will still be in the center of Boardman Township and still have ready access to our main [travel] arteries,” Brown said.

“The firefighters have been told for 11 years that they would get a new main station, that the main station was going to be next and [the township] just ran out of money. It just never happened,” Brown said.

“It’s time to move,” he said.

The township should know if it received the federal grant in 18 months, Loree said. If it does receive the grant, a new station could be built as soon as two to three years from now, he added.


1lee(544 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I thuoght Boardman was broke???

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2NoBS(2757 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

lee - that's why they're applying for a grant.

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3stewie(109 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

They are applying for a grant but have to come up with a percentage of tax payer money to get the grant. No they aren't broke . That only applies when they want to pass a levy.

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4topsailwatch(79 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

It never ceases to amaze me that people from Boardman are among the biggest whiners and cheapskates in the Mahoning Valley. Many people couldn't wait to move to a fine community like Boardman and then when they get here, try their best to tear it down.

If your house or church had raw sewage coming in and it was beyond repair.....would you move to a better location?? ( probably not !!).

Can't you understand that "things" and buildings need replaced after so many years ?? Let's keep Boardman current and replace and modernize them when posssible.

If your house catches on fire don't you want the best response time and the best equipment and trained firefighters??

With grants we will get a long needed main fire dept. with only small matching funds.


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5Bigben(1996 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

The lease issue is what is of most concern.

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6stewie(109 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Youngstown615, I totally agree with you. Then they will come back for another levy to equip the new station. Hell , can't use old equipment in a new station!
By the way have you ever thought of running for a trustee job? I'd vote for ya!

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7retiredfella(31 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I would rather have the fireman instead of a new leased fire station. What are the politicians smoking now? I know where the drug testing should start---With the politicians---

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8walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

It seems like a no brainer. Swap properties. I would think that the corner lot would be a good development property for Simon Group. It is terrible for access of the fire equipment. However, that southwest corner of the mall lot would have good access to Market St. and is wide open to put a station. That current location is antiquated and insufficient. If some Obama money is available (which would be the kind of project he was pushing for) go get it. Some community is going to get it so it may as well be Boardman.

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