Consolidated Fire District No. 2 of Northeast Johnson County is close to completing a deal to acquire church property near the Prairie Village City Hall for a new fire station to replace its current facility at 9011 Roe Ave.
Chief Tony Lopez said construction is expected to begin on the approximately $5 million facility this spring with completion in spring 2018.
It’s to be built on vacant land now owned by Mission Road Bible Church, 7820 Mission Rd. that’s currently used for a Frisbee golf course just south of the skateboard park and pool complex.
“The biggest factor for the new facility is the size of our coverage area has changed,” Lopez said. “It showed us our busiest area is where we’re building the station. It’s right in the middle of it.”
The current Station 23 fire house at 90th and Roe is now on the extreme south edge of CFD No. 2’s coverage area now that the department no longer serves areas of Overland Park south of 95th Street, Lopez said. The Overland Park Fire Department did not renew a contract for that coverage.
The new station will not require public hearings or rezoning because of its location and purpose, but Prairie Village Council member Brooke Morhead said recently she would like a public presentation made to the Council to give residents more information.
Lopez said the new facility will have a staff of 10- or 11 people and included 2 1/2 bays with ladder and engine trucks, and an ambulance.
As for the 9011 Roe building, Lopez said the department plans to continue using it for the time being for storage and training. He also said the department will keep an eye on the new nearby Meadowbrook development to determine whether the station may be needed in the future.