Allentown fire station building construction complete

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The new East Side Fire Station is located on North Irving Street in Allentown
The new East Side Fire Station is located on North Irving Street in Allentown - (Photo By STACY WESCOE)

Construction is now complete on a $1.95 million fire station building on the East Side of Allentown.

The building, designed by W2A Design Group of Allentown and built by Boyle Construction of Allentown, replaced the original East Side Fire Station, which was built in 1953 and closed in 2011 because of structural damage.

As part of the project, construction crews laid more than 40 yards of concrete under the new footer of the building for structural stability.

An investigation had determined the former building was constructed on the site of an old drainage swale that deteriorated, causing footer failure and the development of serious cracks in the walls.

The new three-bay, two-story building accommodates up to eight firefighters and two paramedics. It includes women's quarters for the first time and a workout area.

The department immediately will start moving into the building.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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