10/25/08 91 W, 1 I - + 12 - 13 Las Vegas Casino Picks Up Tab For New Fire Station

Would you believe a fire station built around a monorail support? That's one of the features of Clark County Station 32, currently under construction and funded by MGM. Read the story on firehouse.com. The location and design was negotiated with a developer, the first such partnership for CCFD. How much is the land worth near the Strip? $25-30 million per acre, reports the article. Learn more about the Clark County Fire Department.

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What areas are the possible for the city of raleigh or any surrounding agency to do the same?
adam brown - 10/26/08 - 21:21

Do you mean, having others fund a City of Raleigh fire station? If so, I can recall two incidents in which this was proposed…Rex Hospital offering to build a new Station 14 and John Kane of North Hills development offering to build a new Station 9. Both of which met lots of resistance from the City and were later dismissed.
Can anyone else verify or correct this?
RFD574 - 10/26/08 - 22:25

Yes tht is excatly what I mean. I knew about the Rex hospital deal but not the other.
adam brown - 10/27/08 - 16:47

I don’t know what the specifics were in the RFD deals, but I have seen something similar in the past. Some corporate entity comes in with offers to build a station or purchase major capital equipment (vehicles, defibrillators, etc). Then there is some sort of suspicion on the part of the recipients wondering what the “motivations are”, if there will be “strings” attached, or are afraid of perceived improprieties.

An agency I once worked for was offered two (count ‘em, two) brand new ambulances. And we needed them. But they were turned down so as not to “owe anybody anything”. Second instance involved grant money for an Urban Development Block Grant. There was money left over that could be given (‘GIVEN’) to the local FD to buy hose and other things. It was turned down because of perceived ‘strings attached’.

You just never know. Maybe this was the case here, maybe it was something totally different.
DJ (Email) - 10/27/08 - 20:34

DJ, I never really considered the “what will we owe them” or “what strings are attached to the deal” side of the story. Thanks for making that side of the “argument” clear (not an “argument” on the blog, more the battle between the “private organization” versus the “public safety department”).

If you’re familiar with Charlotte you may (or may not) know about the area around Eastland Mall (Albemarle Rd/N. Sharon Amity/E. W T Harris Bv). This area has experienced an enormous amount of growth and not the good kind of growth! Increases in crime, gangs, lower income housing, etc. All this equates to (obviously) is more calls! Station 15 and Station 23 (along with Station 3) all serve this area and 15 and 23 are the two busiest fire houses.

Most of the problems (calls) revolve around the Eastland Mall area and, if I’m not mistaken, the management company still has the property on the market. The city has budgeted $16 million for “infrastructure investments.” Part of this plan includes a fire station (and police sub-station) built on the property. Although I believe the city will be paying for most (if not all) of the cost involved in this, I’m not exactly sure what the mall management will expect from us or how they will contribute to this (not sure if they are paying for the truck or anything at all!). Believe this will either be the location of Fire Station 40 or 41 and will be a huge help to the area. Unfortunately, they will also be closer to some of the frequent nursing homes in this area, so 23 will still see plenty of action at Eastland Mall… or whatever they decide to do with that 70 acre parcel of land.
Luke - 10/27/08 - 23:05

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