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Huntley Fire Protection District hoping for mid-June groundbreaking on station projects

Huntley Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie, right, and Deputy Chief Albert Schlick, left, talk about the need for a new station at the Huntley Fire Protection District on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 in Huntley.
Huntley Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie, right, and Deputy Chief Albert Schlick, left, talk about the need for a new station at the Huntley Fire Protection District on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 in Huntley.

Huntley Fire Protection District officials are hoping for a mid-June groundbreaking on the construction of a new fire station and an addition to and site renovation of the district’s administrative and maintenance facility.

A 10,000-square-foot fire station will be built adjacent to Sun City, and a roughly 12,000-square-foot addition and site renovation will be made to an existing facility at 11118 Main St.

Last week, the Huntley Village Board approved a site plan review for the expansion and renovation of the Main Street building, which would serve as the fire district’s new headquarters once completed.

The district’s current headquarters and Station 1 at 11808 Coral St. would be sold once the renovations are finished.

Huntley Deputy Fire Chief Al Schlick said the district is going through the necessary permitting process for construction. Schlick anticipates the project to take between 12 to 14 months.

Construction for a proposed Station 5, which would be located at the southeast corner of Jim Dhamer Drive and Hennig Road and staffed by three firefighters 24 hours a day, already has received the necessary Village Board approval to proceed, Schlick said.

Schlick anticipates this new station’s construction to finish in eight to
10 months, depending on the weather.

Neither project required a referendum to move forward. Huntley Fire Chief Scott Ravagnie said about $14 million has been saved in the past eight years for various expansion projects to compensate for projected growth.

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