The city of Newton landed a $2.9 million grant in September to build a third fire station in the southern portion of the city.


The city of Newton landed a $2.9 million grant in September to build a third fire station in the southern portion of the city.

Newton was picked from more than 6,000 grant applications and was the only grant recipient in Kansas.

The fire station, which will be on the east side of Kansas Avenue south of 24th Street, will be built on six acres that already has been purchased by the city.

The 12,275-square-foot station will have a two-bay drive-through apparatus bay and will house four to eight firefighters.

In addition, the new station will have a multi-purpose room that can be used by the general public, for training or as an Emergency Operations Center for the city. It also will have a small office for the Newton Police Department.

The city hopes to earn silver-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for the facility, which requires the building to use green technology and practices.

The city is waiting for final approval from the Department of Homeland Security and then will put the project out for bids.