One last chance: Residents will voice concerns over IFD Station 16 closure

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Residents have the chance to voice their opinions about the future of IFD Station 16 building Wednesday night.

Neighbors have been fighting to keep this a fire station, but IFD officials decided to consolidate in order to save money.

Fire Station 16, near 56th Street and Illinois Street, is set to consolidate into Station 32 very soon. Last March, the fire department unveiled its 2016 Redeployment Plan. It included several initiatives to save the department $2.1 million.

Homeowners in the area say they are concerned about their safety especially when it comes to response times.

IFD officials say Station 16 averaged a response time of about four minutes and 19 seconds last year and they are ensuring residents the neighboring stations will maintain proper response times.

Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association President Clark Kirkman says he would like to see it turned into something for the neighborhood.

“I’d like to see a fire station here but if that’s not going to happen then something in the commercial realm. This is a commercial neighborhood intersection so I think that would fit instead of some sort of residential type of building,” said Kirkman.

Station 54 will also be re-purposed into an IFD fitness center. Administrative staff will be moved into one building and a new fire station will be built in Franklin Township. The plan, officials say, will save around $2.1 million by mid-2017.

Wednesday at 6 p.m. the city is holding a meeting to let neighbors come up with ideas for the building. It will take place at the fire station on north Illinois Street.

Watch for coverage on 24-Hour News 8 at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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