Chief tours new Park Avenue location

Bremerton’s new fire station project at 911 Park Ave. is on time and on budget, with occupancy slated for June, according to Fire Chief Al Duke.

Carpenters at Shinstine and Associates are framing the walls of the station. The ground floor of the bay where the fire trucks will go will be poured by the middle of next week.

“They are trying to get this all undercover before the rains hit,” said Duke, as he pointed out where the ceiling braces will be for the new station.

He gave a quick tour of the site on Tuesday afternoon.

The $3.1 million building project was financed by a public safety bond measure, which passed amongst Bremerton voters by 60 percent last September.

Other costs covered by the bond were $125,000 to demolish the previous building on the site and about $750,000 to aquire the land, Duke said.

$100,000 has been set aside for new furniture.

The fire department got new trucks out of the deal, too.

Duke has been meeting with the contractor, Shinstine and Associates, monthly to make sure the project is following the budget.

“There’s a thing we go over every time when they get paid,” he said. “When they finish a certain project, we pay them. I meet with them once a month.”

So far, the concrete floor has been laid where Duke’s office will be, as well as the front lobby, where a 1931 pumper truck will sit once the building is completed.

Framing is the most extensive part of the project, lasting 45 days, with completion set for Nov. 12, according to a Shinstine and Associates time table sheet. Roofing is next, with completion charted for Nov. 26.

Landscaping and irrigation will be completed Jan. 19, 2005.

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