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Ellsworth board approves Fire Hall plans

Approved plans for an addition to the Ellsworth Fire Hall call for new space for storing firefighting apparatus, as well as a larger kitchen, locker rooms and conference room.

ELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Village Board approved site and architectural design plans for the proposed addition to the Ellsworth Fire Hall Monday.

The board also voted to rezone property at 427 and 437 W. Spruce St. (the site of the addition west of the existing fire hall) from Residential to Commercial, and adopted an ordinance amending the District Zoning Map of Ellsworth.

Plans from engineering and architectural design firm Cedar Corporation show the addition will relocate existing office spaces to the addition and create additional apparatus bay space in the existing office spaces.

The addition will also include a larger kitchen, locker rooms and a conference room to accommodate all members. A home was taken down this summer immediately west of the hall to accommodate expansion.

The current building is roughly 6,500 square feet. The addition will add 5,225 square feet of space and a 2,750-square-foot unfinished walk-out basement, bringing the total square footage to 11,725.

Insulated precast concrete wall panels will comprise the addition, similar to the existing building. Fixed, non-operable aluminum storefront-type windows with insulated glass, insulated hollow metal exterior doors and an insulated flat roof membrane system round out the design.

The goal is to create a seamless transition from the existing building to the new addition, the design plan states.

The slope of the property will allow for a walk-out basement and parking on the west side of the building. Additional parking is proposed for the north side of the building, along with a rain garden to the west.

Agency secretary David Deis said in October the association is not looking for a referendum or a new fee assessment for the estimated $900,000 project.

“This would be funded through a loan and handled out of the current budget process,” Deiss said. “There would be no adjustment in the association’s capital assessment formula specific to the building project.”

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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