Plans are now official for the construction of a fire station that will serve the north side of Phoenix.
The facility, which has been long anticipated by residents of the Norterra section of the city, will be built on a currently vacant 3-acre site at the intersection of Jomax Road and I-17.
That site was purchased by the City of Phoenix more than a decade ago when plans were initially announced for the new facility. But funds to construct the station proved elusive during the Great Recession.
Last summer, Norterra residents petitioned the Phoenix City Council to finally get the project built, noting that the nearest operating fire station at 21602 N. 9th Avenue is nearly 6 miles to the south.
Until work begins on what is expected to be a $5 million project, the Phoenix Fire Department, which currently has 57 stations, has established a temporary station for the Norterra area at a Marriot Residence Inn near the intersection of W. Happy Valley Road and N. 19th Avenue.
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