Changes are coming to Fire Station 4 located at 4201 West 84th Street. This fire station has been serving the community for over 50 years and has reached the end of its useful life. The station lacks adequate space for equipment and doesn’t meet the health and safety needs of the firefighters.
The new fire station will increase from 4,429 sq. ft. to a two-story structure, plus a partial basement totaling approximately 25,578 sq. ft. The new building will include 3 bays, office space, a training room, living accommodations and firefighter’s health and safety amenities. More details will be provided as design continues.
On March 14, 2022 the Fire Department turned over the existing fire station to begin the year long project to demolish and reconstruction Fire Station 4. During this period the Construction Management Team, Terra Construction, will have a job trailer and laydown yard across the street at the Wanda Miller Pond Site. To accommodate parking for the construction crews, St. Stephens Church has graciously offered their parking lot for weekday use.
During construction it is anticipated that the sidewalk in front of the fire station will remain closed to pedestrian traffic with proper signage notifying residents of the closure. The project team will be monitoring the traffic flow on this busy street and developing plans to minimize the disruption to motorists.
To provide continuous fire coverage for the area serviced by Fire Station 4 the department is staffing Station 1 and 6 with 24-hour three person duty crews to provide adequate response time to the area.
I am pleased to update you on the progress of the new Fire Station 4 facility coming to your neighborhood. The plans for the new Station 4 are currently in the development and design stages. The City will go out for bids on this project in the fall or winter of 2021 and construction is expected to begin in spring 2022. The new Fire Station 4 will be constructed on the current site at 4201 West 84th Street. Fire service to the area will be maintained throughout construction.
The existing Fire Station 4 is more than 50 years old and no longer meets the needs of the community or the Fire Department. There is not adequate space for firefighters to train or work at the existing station. The new Station 4 will provide enough room for safe operation of equipment and for firefighters to stay if they need to be on-site for more than 24 hours. It will also allow the Fire Department the space and resources needed to continue providing excellent service to the community.
Public engagement will be conducted throughout the construction process of this important public safety facility. Visit us at the Farmer’s Market on August 7th or October 2nd, or stop by our Open House at Fire Station 4 on October 9th from 10AM to 1PM to learn more. For more information about the project, visit Let’s Talk Bloomington at blm.mn/letstalk, the project’s webpage at blm.mn/station4, or contact Assistant Fire Chief Jay Forster at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-563-4812.
Ulysses S. Seal, Fire Chief
Bloomington Fire Department
10 West 95th Street
Bloomington, MN 55420
Background on the state of the City’s fire stations