City breaks ground on fire station, emergency operations center

City breaks ground on fire station, emergency operations center

Alamedan Staff

From left to right: Interim City Manager Liz Warmerdam, Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese, City Councilman Jim Oddie, Councilwoman Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Mayor Trish Herrera Spencer, Councilman Tony Daysog and Fire Chief Doug Long. Photo courtesy of the City of Alameda.

On Friday, city officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new, mid-Island fire station and emergency operations center to be located on Grand Street and Buena Vista Avenue. City officials okayed the funding for the $8 million project, whose design was subject to community input, on May 19. The new two-story, 9,000-square-foot fire station will replace an existing fire station a block away that isn't earthquake safe; a 3,500-square-foot emergency operations center will replace the city's current facility, a room in the basement of police headquarters. Construction of the buildings, which will be on a half-acre property once owned by the Alameda Belt Line, is expected to be completed in a year.