Funding has been secured for the renovation of an existing one-story building on the northeast side of Albuquerque that will house maintenance operations for the city’s fire department.
The structure at 4001 Bogan Avenue, some 6 miles to the northeast of downtown Albuquerque, was built in the early 1970s and has been used in the past for similar maintenance purposes.
A 20-year loan to fund the project was approved in late July by the New Mexico Finance Authority and will come out of what is called the public project revolving fund.
Members of the Albuquerque City Council have additionally voted in support of the $2.7 million loan, with city documents showing that the fire department has outgrown its current fleet maintenance and repair center at Fourth Street and Aspen Avenue.
The 2.1-acre Bogan Avenue site will also provide space for parking and equipment storage.
In recognition of the fact that well over half of the calls the city’s fire department responded to last year were medical emergencies, the department earlier this year announced steps to officially be rebranded as Albuquerque Fire Rescue.
By Garry Boulard
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