Jackson Township soon will be soliciting bids for the construction of its new fire station.

Jackson Township soon will be soliciting bids for the construction of its new fire station.

Fire Station 204, to be located at 4900 Buckeye Parkway and being designed by the firm Mull & Weithman Architects Inc., will open for construction bids on Nov. 28, Township Administrator Mike Lilly told the township trustees Oct. 23.

Later in the week, Lilly said ideally the township would be able to award a contract by the end of the year but whether that is possible won't until after the bids are received.

"We'll have to review the bids," he said. "By this time next year, we hope to have the building completed."

Lilly said township officials are aiming for some kind of dedication ceremony on or around Sept. 11.

"We are still trying to acquire a piece of steel from the World Trade Center to use somewhere in the building as a memorial," Lilly said.

In 2010, the township received federal stimulus grant totaling $1.4 million to build the station, and in December 2011, Grove City Council voted to appropriate $2.54 million from its Pinnacle Tax-Increment Financing Fund to construct and equip the station.

"We think those funds will be sufficient to build and equip the new station," Lilly said. "(The township's) obligation is to operate it."

According to the ordinance passed by Grove City authorizing the appropriation, the fire station "shall contain at least 4,000 square feet of livable area, with at least two equipment bays containing at least 2,500 square feet each and a total floor space of at least 10,000 square feet, plus twenty on-site parking spaces."

In other news Oct. 23, Jackson Township trustees also voted 3-0 to adopt the recommendation of the township's zoning committee and rezone four parcels on Jackson Pike from rural residential to community-service commercial and consolidate them.

The property, located at 3730 and 3760 Jackson Pike, is owned by the Jones Fuel Co., a topsoil company, for a gravel operation.

Rob Rishel, the attorney for owner Dave Jones, said the company would be applying for annexation to Grove City when the gravel operation is developed.

The township zoning commission voted Oct. 22 to recommend the rezoning.

The trustees' approval came with the stipulation that one of the two residences on the property be vacated as a residential use by the end of the year. Township code forbids more than one residence on a given parcel.

Jones said he plans to turn the northern-most residence into office space for his company.