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Cortland Fire Headquarters to Begin Process For Station Renovations

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The City of Cortland’s Fire Headquarters on Court Street in Downtown Cortland has been operating as a fire station since 1914, one of the oldest continuously running fire stations in the state and has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974.

Over the years, Cortland Fire has worked on maintaining the building to the standards required to keep its National Registry of a Historic Place while ensuring the building’s function as a fire station headquarters remains up-to-date. In years past, the City of Cortland has been able to secure several grants for roof repairs, window replacement, and renovations to the station’s doors and flooring. In order to secure further grants for renovations towards the Fire Station, Cortland Fire Chief Wayne Friedman told the Common Council they must have plans in place for the renovations.

As firefighting becomes more efficient and the need for additional safety equipment increases, the size of fire trucks has increased over the years. Most residents will notice today’s ladder truck for the City of Cortland cannot fit inside the station, but is usually kept at Station 2 or parked adjacent to the building. Ideas have been suggested on adding another bay that would have the capability to hold the ladder truck; it is noted the add on would be historically accurate.

Before any of the work can actually be done though, the City of Cortland Common Council voted unanimously to enter into an agreement for both engineering and architectural services for the planned renovations. The services will be able to determine the actual needs for the department and any potential modifications to ensure the continued use of the historic building.

The City of Cortland has entered into an agreement with Mitchell Associates Architects and Five Bugles Design who will perform a program review and concept design services for the building in the amount of $42,000. Both companies were chosen for their expertise working on historic buildings.

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