The construction process for the new Violet Township Fire Station 591 is moving closer to a start date.

The construction process for the new Violet Township Fire Station 591 is moving closer to a start date.

Violet Township Fire Chief Mike Little said a bid opening for the estimated $5.2 million project will occur on Tuesday, April 19 at 2 p.m. in the Township Administration Building, 12970 Rustic Drive in Pickerington.

Little said if a bid is accepted then the next step is a pre-construction meeting whereupon the chosen contractor has to give a date as to when it can start construction.

"That might start in July or right away," Little said.

Current Station 591, located at 21 Lockville Road in Olde Pickerington Village, was built in 1954 and Violet Fire officials claim it is severely outmoded to accommodate modern fire vehicles, equipment and personnel.

Violet Township raised $5 million through the sale of tax-exempt municipal bonds to help immediately finance construction of the new station.

Little said part of the $5.2 million cost of the new fire station will include the demolition of two Olde Pickerington Village properties located at 5 and 13 W. Columbus St., the latter being the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce building.

"The tear down is part of the process," Little said.

"At some point it will also include the demolition of the old station," he said.

The construction process is expected take up from 15 to 18 months, yet the current fire station will be in service during the course of building the new station, Little said.

"The new building will actually be built behind the current building," he said.

"Once the new building is built, we'll tear down the old building," he said.

Little said the architectural designs for the L-shaped new station show "a pretty straightforward building."

"It's a brick and mortar building and it will be very nice looking," he said.

"It's going to be the centerpiece of Olde Pickerington," he said.