Construction work is under way on Jackson Township's fourth fire station.

Construction work is under way on Jackson Township's fourth fire station.

On an uncharacteristically warm day on Tuesday, Jan. 29, ground was officially broken on the site of the new Jackson Township Fire Station 204 at 4900 Buckeye Parkway. The ceremony was attended by officials from Jackson Township and Grove City, members of the fire department, representatives of the architect and contractor, and other stakeholders.

The station is scheduled to open in September.

"This project is a long time in the making," Jackson Township board of trustees Chairman David Burris said. "This not about Jackson Township. It's not about about Grove City. It's about all these residents here...who are going to get the fire protection they need."

Funding for the new station comes from a $1.4 million federal stimulus grant awarded in 2010 and a $2.5 million contribution from Grove City's Pinnacle tax-increment financing district, which was established in 2004. Jackson Township will have no financial obligation toward the station's construction.

"This is the fastest growing, largest growing section of Jackson Township," said Deputy Fire Chief Rick Dawson. "It was part of the foresight of the community planners to know this area was going to grow...We're thrilled. We'll be able to provide much better service for the entire township."

Dawson added this is the first fire station the township has built since 1978.

Fire Chief Lloyd Sheets said the new station will be able to free up equipment from the other stations, improving fire coverage for the entire township. Each of the four stations will serve about 25 percent of the department's coverage area, Sheets said.

"Which is a really good ratio," he added. "It's a great day for Jackson Township, Grove City and Urbancrest."

The fire station was designed by the architect firm Mull & Weithman of Columbus, and the construction will be performed by Robertson Construction Services.

Township Administrator Mike Lilly said the station, which will be about 10,000 square feet in size, will have two vehicle bays for a fire engine and a medic vehicle.

"The staffing plan on opening day is five firefighters," Lilly said. "It's large enough to accommodate seven."