Stillwater City Council Considers Sale of $10 million Bond for New Fire Station, Police Department Renovation


Stillwater’s new fire station may take another leap forward at tonight’s city council meeting.

The Council will be asked to approve the sale of a $10 million bond for capital outlay, new fire station construction and the renovation of the police department.

City staff is also recommending the council approve a $399,000 proposal to complete the design, bid the project and administer the contract for construction of the $6.385 million fire station project. The fire station design team includes: BWBR, Buetow 2, EVS, Damon Farber Associates, and Palanisami and Hallberg Engineering.

If given approval to proceed, the design team hopes to complete design development of the building in early-March, complete construction documents by mid-May and put the project out to bid by the end of June, with the hopes of completing construction in summer 2015.

Last month, President Barack Obama signed off on $17 million in federal funding to replace Stillwater’s 92 year-old Armory. The state of Minnesota will contribute another $3 million for the project.

The new Fire Station and Readiness Center will be located on at the intersection of County Road 12 and Boutwell Road.

The new 24,000 square-foot fire station will be connected to the 79,000-square-foot National Guard Readiness Center site that will include an auditorium, classrooms, kitchen, fitness area, locker rooms, administrative spaces and a space that will be used for simulated marksmanship training.

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The National Guard hope to put the project out to bid in March and begin construction in May, with the hopes of completion in November 2015. (Illustration by BWBR via city of Stillwater)

Once the new fire station is built, Stillwater Police will expand into the current fire station.


The $1.95 million plan would expand the current 9,100 square-foot facility to about 21,000 square feet, while adding a new public entrance. (Illustration courtesy of city of Stillwater)

During Tuesday night’s meeting, the council is also expected to begin talks about the possibility of a bonding request for the old armory building on Chestnut Street.

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