Feasibility study approved for new Clarkston fire station | News
The Asotin County Fire District #1 Board of Fire Commissioners has voted unanimously to approve a feasibility study on property that is being considered for a new fire station in the Clarkston Heights.
The district had made an offer on the property and existing building at 2377 Appleside Blvd in January. That offer was contingent on a feasibility study showing that the 22,600 square foot building could be converted to emergency service uses.
“The building can meet the emergency needs of our community and the fire district for $5 million less than building a new facility,” Chief Noel Hardin says. “That’s good news for our taxpayers.”
The feasibility study looked at costs to purchase the eight acres of property, renovate the building, and add bays for emergency apparatus versus building a new, larger station where the current one stands now. The conversion provided a $5.3 million cost savings for fire district taxpayers, according to a press release.
"The cost of the building, which is in excellent condition, would be $42 per square foot compared with an estimated $200 per square foot to build new," the press release states.