Lexington building new fire station to replace 1953 facility

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – Lexington is breaking ground on a new fire station to replace its aging Station 2, one of the busiest stations in the city.

It will be the first new fire station in Lexington since 2005. It’s expected to open in the summer of 2017.

Built in 1953, Station 2, housed the county fire and police station, including jail cells, before the merger of local government.

But the city says it’s overcrowded and its location overlaps the coverage area of another station.

Construction costs of the new 14,000-square foot station are estimated at $5.5 million. It is designed to be energy efficient with geo-thermal heat and LED lighting.

The groundbreaking with Mayor Jim Gray and other city officials occurred on Wednesday.