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A new fire station is getting closer in Avondale.

Avondale City Council approved a professional service agreement with Perlman Architects for the design of a new fire station, with a project budget of $12.5 million for the proposed facility at Van Buren Street and 127th Avenue.

The proposed 19,000-square-foot fire station will be the city’s fifth.

It will include three bays, office space and sleeping quarters, a kitchen/dining room, training room and exercise room. The fire station will have a community room for public service outreach programs such as blood pressure checks, school programs and educational tours.

Construction is scheduled to begin in April, with completion planned for February 2022.

“As growth accelerates in the city, the council is especially mindful of keeping ahead of public safety needs in the community,” said Avondale City Manager Charles Montoya. “With new housing permits on the rise, as well as economic development expansion, Avondale Fire-Medical has identified the need for an additional fire station to serve the city.”

Of the total project budget of $12.5 million, $8.5 million will be funded from accumulated savings in the general fund and $4 million will be funded from accumulated fund balance in the Public Safety Sales Tax Fund.

Plans are underway to use a grant to recruit firefighters to staff the Van Buren Station.

In September, the city received a $3 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) to hire 14 new firefighter positions.