Mahnomen City Council Choosing to Expand & Renovate Fire Hall
By Mark Askelson firstname.lastname@example.org (10/21/20)
Mahnomen, MN — The Mahnomen City Council has decided to move forward with a design option that will make their Fire Hall bigger and better than ever. The council has been exploring options for a facelift for the facility and on Monday night came to an agreement to proceed with $1.5 million expansion and remodel instead of the $1.2 remodel with a potential for expansion later. The expansion would add another 2,200 square feet of space to the fire hall which could be used for training and community events. The city of Mahnomen would need to acquire the adjacent building, currently owned by Lindfors Insurance, and integrate it into the fire hall. Mahnomen City Administrator Mitch Berg says the needs are there and the initial cost estimates have gone down, which ultimately has pushed the council towards the full project.
Foss Architecture is working with the city to develop the plans and final designs of the Fire Hall renovation. Administrator Berg notes that now they have an option to proceed with, their architects can proceed with drafting the designs for final approval in early 2021 and the city will continue to work on securing financing.
The City of Mahnomen plans to fund the Fire Hall renovation through a New Market Tax Credit as well as infrastructure grants.