BARTLESVILLE -- Movement on Bartlesville’s safety center has been paused until, hopefully, the Aug. 19 city council meeting, according to City Manager Ed Gordon.
Monday night, the council was set to vote on the purchase of the west half block where Central Fire Station currently sits from Phillips 66 for $200,200.
The purchase would make way for a new safety center for the Bartlesville fire and police departments. The former Arnold Moore Funeral Home on the same block was also purchased by the city.
Bartlesville plans to expand on the 1940s fire station and add to the property to create headquarters for both departments.
“We have several ladder trucks on the outskirts of town at stations 3 and 4, because they don’t fit in the current facility. Once we get this facility constructed, we can bring those larger trucks, that can fight multi-story fires, here.”
The city was unable to complete the transaction Monday night because Phillips 66’s environmental group did not sign off on the land. Gordon said that environmental group would have to ensure there is no hazardous liability on the property for the city move forward.
Gordon said he hopes the council will vote on the land purchase Aug. 19.
Currently, the center is in the design process.
“It’s not quite halfway done,” Gordon said.
Gordon anticipates the project will be complete in the next three to four years. The safety center is projected to cost $7.048 million.
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