Violet Township officials toured the new Fire Station 591 and said they hope it will open this month.

At three stories and 15,000 square feet , Violet Township's new Fire Station 591, 21 Lockville Road, stands above many of its neighbors in Olde Pickerington Village.

Built on the site of the former Fire Station 591, the new facility is three times larger than the old firehouse.

But from a balcony to bricks, Violet Township officials who toured the station April 25 said they've tried to incorporate the characteristics of the historic neighborhood into its design, and they're expecting it will serve the community for decades.

"Most of this was designed with current function in mind, and for our needs 25 to 50 years down the road," said Violet Township Assistant Fire Chief Jim Paxton.

Fire Chief Mike Little said he hopes the $6 million facility will open sometime in May. It will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will house five to six firefighters daily, with the ability to serve up to 10 firefighters if staffing expands.

"This (driveway) apron out here is twice as long as the old building," Little said. "It gives us the ability to get trucks on and off without guys standing in the roadway.

"The old station was built in 1953, and it was very crowded for having five or six guys a day, along with our trucks."

After touring the station, the Violet Township trustees said they were pleased with its progress and are ready for it to become operational.

"A lot of time and effort and consideration went into the planning of the firehouse to make it blend in with the downtown, to make it aesthetically pleasing (and) also so our firefighters could train in the facility," Trustee Darren Monhollen said.

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