Land Acquisition

Washington Township Fire Department to Acquire Land for New Station
Posted on 03/23/2021

The Washington Township Fire Department has identified a parcel of land to build a fire station that would replace the department’s oldest fire station, Station 41 at 163 Maple Avenue. The land is on Franklin Street adjacent to Centerville High School and owned by Centerville City School District. The department evaluated land availability that would be suitable for a fire station while also maximizing response time improvement for the community. Unlike the current station, this land parcel provides direct access to a main thoroughfare. It also provides enough land to build a properly sized station that meets the needs of adequate staffing and modern fire and EMS apparatus. In 2019, Washington Township and Centerville residents voted in favor of a continuous 2.85-mill levy that would enable the fire department to address staffing needs and replace the oldest fire station, Station 41. “Moving Station 41 from its current location to one that can provide more efficient service to the community is one example of how we continue to fulfill our levy promise to residents. Our department always strives for excellence and we are grateful to have such a strong partnership with the School District,” says Jesse Lightle, Township Administrator.

The Township and School District have worked together to negotiate a contract for the land purchase and establish a selling price of $42,000 per acre. The parcel being considered is approximately 5 to 6 acres. “We appreciate the opportunity to be good neighbors with our fire department and look forward to continuing our already strong relationship,” says Dr. Tom Henderson, Centerville City Schools Superintendent.