Peoria City Council approves buying land for new firehouse

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PEORIA, Ill. — The proposal to purchase land on South Western Avenue to build a new firehouse was approved at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

This will allow the council to replace Station Four, which is the oldest fire station in the city of Peoria. 

Councilwoman Denise Moore said firefighters deserve to have a better facility. 

“For what they go through when they’re on shift and get a call these gentlemen and ladies who are a part of the department need to have a better facility, a first-class, state of the art 21st-century facility,” Moore said.

She also believes moving Station Four to the South Side is necessary because it’s the oldest part of the city, making the buildings on that side more susceptible to fire. 

Beth Jensen and Rita Ali said they’re in support of this proposal. Jensen questioned the city manager, Patrick Urich, regarding the delay. Apparently, this was discussed before, but never voted on. 

Urich said they were in the process of finding a suitable location. 

Peoria Fire Department Chief, Ed Olehy, said next Thursday they will be meeting with an architectural engineering group to begin planning.

Chief Olehy said it will be finished sometime next year. 

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