The Midvale City Council has given the go-ahead for architects to begin preparing final plans for a $187,700 expansion of the city's fire station.
The council approved a draft plan to demolish an old fire engine bay and construct 5,600 square feet of training, kitchen and sleeping space. Three additional fire equipment bays are also included in the plan.
The aging section does not meet current seismic requirements.
If all goes as planned, the addition could be completed by Thanksgiving, said architect Craig L. Ames with Holland-Pasker & Associates .
"It is a skin and bones plan. It is a frugal approach to meeting the needs of the fire department," Ames said. The City Council had originally budgeted $230,000 for the project.
The addition would accommodate future growth of the fire department, including space for four full-time firefighters. Bids for the project are expected to taken beginning July 4.