CUYAHOGA FALLS — The city has taken a step toward tearing down Fire Station 3 and building a new facility on the same site at 1601 Portage Trail.

City Council on Monday night unanimously approved awarding a $377,500 contract to ms consultants inc. to perform architectural design services for the project.

"I think everyone on Council looks forward to seeing a new design and a new station," said City Council member Tim Gorbach (D-At-Large) just before Council OK’d the pact.

Cuyahoga Falls Fire Chief Paul Moledor said officials want to tear down the 16,000 square-foot, 60-year old facility in 2019 and have a "modern" station built on the same footprint. He said the current building has "outdated" heating components, no air conditioning, some of the brick is crumbling and its walls, floor and foundation are starting to move.

The goal is to have the slightly larger station finished in 2020, the chief said.

Finance Director Bryan Hoffman said that $3.5 million is listed in 2019 and another $500,000 is listed in 2020 in the five-year capital plan for the fire station project.

There are four other stations in the city: Station 1 is located at 1924 Front St.; Station 2, at 2121 High St.; Station 4, at 3089 Northampton Road; and Station 5, at 3497 Wyoga Lake Road.

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