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Boardman moving forward with main fire station project


Published: Tue, June 11, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Josh Stipanovich

jstipanovich@vindy.com

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Though money remains the key issue in finalizing any plans for the township’s main fire-station project, progress is being made.

Jason Loree, township administrator, received an appraisal last week for the Ford, Lincoln-Mercury property that sits across Southern Boulevard from the current property on U.S. Route 224.

Vantell Associates Inc., the firm hired by the board of trustees, appraised the property at $1.57 million, and that’s right on target, said fire Chief George Brown.

“We’re very close there,” Brown said in reference to what the township estimated the property was worth. “It means the trustees will have to make a decision.”

Loree said there are other properties the township is considering. He refused to give exact locations because the board has yet to discuss them in detail, but he did say the properties are near Southern Park Mall and the Surgical Hospital at Southwoods.

He said he expected the trustees to discuss details of the latest appraisal and the potential of the other properties in executive session during their Monday night meeting.

Loree added that nothing is set in stone, and progress depends on how much the other appraisals are and if the township can devise a plan to fund the project. He does expect a decision to be made within the next couple of months, he added.

“I hate to say it, but we might be at [the main station] longer,” Loree said, until the township finds other ways to renovate it. “We’re trying to get [the project] at the most-reduced cost as possible.”

Last month, Loree said the trustees are trying to ensure money for the project comes out of the general fund so it wouldn’t affect the taxpayers.

“It’s a long and tedious process,” Brown said. But as long as the township is taking steps forward, it’s a good thing, he added.

The project has been in discussion for some time. The current station was built in 1923 and has experienced several issues since then, including water damage, space restrictions and structural disfigurements.


Comments

12fer1(22 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Why build on the east side of the tracks? 1/2 block from the old property that is plenty large to have a new station built on...saving $1.57 MILLION dollars of our OUR money. How about the old cement plant property on S. Blvd.?
Why do those in charge always seem to push to help a seller "unload" a high priced parcel of land that hasn't sold in years? Makes one wonder!

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2vinglass(223 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Traffic -wise, that corner would be a nightmare to get in and out off quickly. Why not build on a parcel that is more easily accessable??

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3gdog4766(1415 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

First, imminent domain in this case would be an abuse of that property owner. Pay them the just appraised value of that property. Rarely under this practice does the land owner get a fair shake. And 2fer1 you are dead on helping out a friend with property they can't unload. The property that the Covelli Center sits on was purchased from a friend of Traficant for far above the appraised value. The first choice should be on property already owned by the township. Put the savings into the property itself.

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4Ianacek(891 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

The County should manage firefighting . There is too much expensive duplication throughout the valley

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5vinglass(223 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Who owns the Ford, Lincoln-Mercury property ??

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6redcent(38 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

APN = 290050275000. Assessed under $600k for 2.84-Ac portion. See listing: Former New Car Dealership $2,000,000 3.30 AC
Land Property For Sale
http://www.loopnet.com/xNet/MainSite/...

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7nodice(68 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Ha that's funny. The county cannot manage anything....putting fire services in their hands will put residents in danger.

The fire department spending is out of control. The Austintown model is way more efficient and just as effective. More part time and volunteer people.

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