Construction starts on new Morro Bay fire station offices, living quarters

Construction has started on the new fire station administrative offices and living quarters at 715 Harbor St. in Morro Bay.

The old structures were badly damaged in the 2003 San Simeon Earthquake.

Much of the funding for the $3 million project is being provided by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, including $1,602,900 from a FEMA Fire Station Construction Grant and $1,800,000 from ARRAfunded USDA loans provided through the Rural Development Program.

The construction contract has been awarded to Rarig Construction of San Luis Obispo.

The project is expected to be completed by November 2012.

Meantime, the Friends of the Morro Bay Fire Department are selling engraved bricks that will be placed in the entrance to the Fire Department’s new administrative building.

The proceeds from the brick sales will be added to an existing endowment. During the first phase of construction, which was completed in 2008, The Friends of the Morro Bay Fire Department raised $37,000.

The money generated from brick sales helps support the training of firefighters and paramedics.

Bricks sell for $125 dollars each.

If you are interested in purchasing one, contact Homer Alexander at 772-8004 or Keith Taylor at 772-2852.