With the adoption of a memorandum of understanding between Consolidated Fire District No. 2 and Prairie Village Monday, the two entities set the stage for the construction of a new fire station next to the city’s police department and community center.
The Prairie Village City Council voted in favor of approving an agreement to sell .9 acres of the municipal ground property to the fire district for $275,000 for the new building. Fire Chief Tony Lopez told the council that the district’s intent was to construct a facility with a 50-year lifespan that would become a fixture on the municipal campus to the southwest of the community center building.
As part of the agreement, the fire district will have to design a reconfiguration of the city parking lot so as to preserve the current number of parking spots. With the new fire station will also come a special traffic signal where the fire trucks will exit the station onto Mission Road. The signal would be triggered to halt traffic when an emergency vehicle from either the fire department or the police department were exiting the lot.
“Quite frankly, this is likely long overdue,” said Assistant City Administrator Wes Jordan of the emergency traffic signal.
CFD2’s Jeff Scott told the council the district would be kicking off the design of the project with architects later this week and hoped to have preliminary drawings back within a month. Members of the city council will serve in advisory role in the design process to ensure a cohesive aesthetic on the municipal ground campus.
The new fire station will replace the facility at 9011 Roe Avenue, which is nearing functional obsolescence (it can barely contain the department’s 105-foot ladder aerial trucks). One member of the council asked whether moving the fire station from the Roe Avenue location north to the municipal grounds would reduce response time in the southern part of the city. Lopez responded that, since Overland Park terminated its contract with the district for coverage of the area bordering Prairie Village, its call load from that station has dropped significantly, and that the municipal ground location would put the new station in the center of the highest call volume area.
Lopez noted that the district planned to hold on to the 9011 Roe Avenue property to give the district options for service extensions in the future should the Meadowbrook land developments greatly alter call patterns.