Construction begins on downtown fire station

Posted at 7:40 AM, Mar 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-16 10:40:32-04
SAN DIEGO -- Groundbreaking is scheduled Wednesday for one of the major San Diego projects held up when the state abolished the redevelopment process.
The ceremony will signify the start of construction on the $14.6 million bayside fire station on a 10,000-square-foot lot downtown at Pacific Highway and Cedar Street.
The site is west of the railroad lines, so when the three-story station opens late next year, firefighters responding to an incident on or near the waterfront won't face delays by passing trains or trolleys -- which sometimes happens now.
Planning for the station began in 2005 but was halted in 2011 when the state dismantled municipal redevelopment agencies.
The building will be solar-powered and have rooftop landscaping, a dormitory, kitchen, exercise room and underground parking.   
It will be the third downtown fire station, joining one near City Hall and another close to Petco Park.