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A dock construction company's former building is shaping up to become the new fire barn for the west side of Spring Lake Township.
Marie Havenga
Apr 25, 2013


The remodeled building at 18964 174th Ave. includes 9,000 square feet of meeting and training space, and a truck bay that can hold four full-size fire trucks and smaller rescue vehicles.

That's almost triple the size of the former fire barn about a half-mile south.

“The large open garage space is a key component in the building because it allowed us a clean canvas to work from,” Sipe said. “We have been able to add bunk rooms, kitchen area, day room and a large meeting room that the Fire Department and township can utilize.”

The township paid $320,000 for the new digs, which includes a mezzanine level that will be incorporated into training space. Interior construction includes two upper-level “windows” that firefighters can practice entering.

Renovations total another $300,000.

Sipe said the nearly 5-acre property will also come in handy for training. He said firefighters may be able to set up makeshift buildings and vehicles to simulate rescues.

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