Plans continue to move forward on the new fire station in Flandreau. “Everything has been submitted to RDA, and we are currently working with two banks for a portion of the financing as well”, City Administrator Jeff Pederson said of the application on a loan from Rural Development. “We’re expect approvals to come from both pretty shortly.”
If all goes well, the bid for the roughly $2.6 million building will go out this year and construction would begin late in 2022 or early in 2023.
“Our bid timeline was pushed back nearly a year due to the lengthy process associated with RDA financing, plus the uncertainties that COVID has had on the bid environment,” Pederson said.
The Flandreau Volunteer Fire Department is in dire need of a new space. Not only has it outgrown its aging facility on Third Avenue, but some of its bigger equipment has to be stored off site because the rigs don’t fit in the building. The city purchased roughly a city block of property just south of the Moody County Courthouse for the new station this past year.
Dave Van Nieuwenhuyzen of JLG Architects in Sioux Falls, led the project design. He is a Sioux Falls architect with Pipestone, Minn., roots. The new station will offer local first responders seven bays, a gear room, a meeting room, a kitchen and laundry, storage and the potential showroom for the city’s antique fire truck.
“This is an important public safety project that will provide the space that our fire department needs. It will house all of their equipment in one location, provide a safer working area, and it will be a facility that will meet their needs in continuing to protect our community and surrounding areas they serve,” said Mayor Dan Sutton.