After a year of construction and a decade of planning, the new $6.2 million fire hall on Center Street will open with fanfare and fire trucks with a dedication at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 15.
For Fire Chief Roger LeBlanc, the thought of working from a station with water fountains, air conditioning and room for all of the department’s trucks is a professional thrill.
“We’re just glad that we’re going to have a facility to be proud of,” said LeBlanc, speaking by phone last week. On hot days his office in the old station on Oakwood Avenue reaches 90 degrees. “It’s rustic beyond rustic,” he said. The volunteer crew of 60 is excited to start moving into the stone covered Roycroft-style station sometime close to Aug. 10. For the dedication in a couple weeks, LeBlanc invited 15 local fire companies to come with trucks. “If you want to see an event, this is it.”
The old building will have its own special send off in a special closing ceremony still being planned for sometime in the morning of Aug. 15. It is exactly 61 years, to the day, since it opened on Oakwood in 1954.
“It’s kind of sad to shut the building down,” said LeBlanc, who spent his 25-year career at the station. “This was home ... I don’t want to turn my back on the building.”
• The Town of Aurora Board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at Southside Municipal Center, 300 Gleed Avenue.
• The Roycroft Campus hosts its first “Twilight Tour” from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at South Grove Street. Visit the triangular “Ruskin Room” at the Inn, the round tower of the Chapel and the square turret of the print shop. For more information or to register, visit roycroftcampuscorporation.com or call 655-0261.