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Permanent Street Closure: 6th Avenue between Lyon and Baker Streets

One block of Sixth Avenue SE will close permanently beginning Wednesday, August 10, 2016, to allow for construction of the new Albany Fire Department main station, Station 11.

Fire Station 11 will face Lyon Street when completed in the fall of 2017. The street is being closed between Lyon and Baker Streets.

Gerding Builders of Corvallis began staging for construction of the Fire Department main station at 611 Lyon Street SE and a new Police Department building at 2600 Pacific Boulevard SW, today, August 3, 2016.

The Albany City Council awarded a construction contract for $19,500,200 to Gerding on July 13, 2016. Estimated construction cost of the fire station is $7,473,500 and police station is $12,026,700. Gerding will construct the stations concurrently at the separate sites using similar materials and timelines to realize economies of scale. Both buildings are expected to be completed and in use in September 2017.

As early as 2007, the City’s Strategic Plan identified the need for a new downtown Fire station. The City also identified a need to replace or expand the Police station over a decade ago. In 2014, a Public Safety Facilities Review Committee (PSFRC), made up of 14 Albany residents, evaluated current and future needs at Fire Station 11 and the Albany Police Department building. After considerable research, the Committee determined the Fire station should be built on approximately 1.65 acres in the 500 and 600 blocks of Lyon Street SW, expanding its current site, and the Police station should be built on 3.69 vacant acres in the 2600 block of Pacific Boulevard SW.

Each new building will be two stories. The new Police station will be approximately 40,400 square feet and will house all Police operations. The new Fire station will be approximately 24,300 square feet.