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Ludington Fire Department moves into new station

February 20, 2019

The Ludington Fire Department has officially moved into its new 10,000-square-foot fire station at 922 E. Tinkham Ave.

The building passed its final inspection on Friday, then firefighters transferred all their vehicles and equipment out of the former station at 109 S. Robert St. during Saturday and Sunday, said Ludington Fire Chief Jerry Funk.

The moving process went well, and he’s excited for the department to be operating in the new facility, he said.

“We’re happy to be here,” Funk added.

Although construction is essentially complete, Patron Construction is still finishing some details of the building and grounds.

“The contractors are still here doing touch-up stuff — cleaning, hanging signs,” Funk said Monday.

Funk said he’s looking forward to inviting the public to see the new facility. The station’s open house event will likely be scheduled to occur several weeks from now.

“Our open house will probably be in April when the weather’s warmer,” he said.

Last year, the city sold the Robert Street fire station building to the developer of the senior living apartment complex currently under construction at 200 W. Loomis St. The fire department had been leasing the building to continue operating there until the new station was completed. Now that the department has relocated, the old building, which had served as the fire station for 41 years, is planned to eventually be demolished to make way for a parking lot for the upcoming apartments.

Gary Helmer, Rockford Construction superintendent, who is leading the Loomis Street building project, said the old fire station likely won’t be torn down until sometime in late March.

“We’re using part of it right now, so we don’t want to lose that,” Helmer explained.