Dignitaries formally begin OKC's Station 29 construction
Dignitaries including Chief Richard Kelley and Ward 4 Councilman Todd Stone formally kicked off construction of southeast Oklahoma City's long-awaited fire Station 29 on Thursday.
Earth already is being rearranged at 8400 SE 164, in mostly agricultural surroundings a half-mile east of Midwest Boulevard. Construction is expected to take 13 months.
Top fire service officials attended Thursday's groundbreaking in full-dress uniforms, in near 90-degree heat. Remarks were kept short and to the point in deference to the weather.
Mayor David Holt, who took office last month, recalled the election-day ice storm in 2007 when voters approved financing for Station 29.
Holt was Mayor Mick Cornett's chief of staff at the time and said he never would have imagined being among the officials who would finally turn the first official shovelfuls of dirt.
"I look forward to being back here for the air-conditioned ribbon-cutting," he said.
Stone said he appreciated voters' support of the 2007 bond issue that is financing construction and last year's quarter-cent sales tax increase that will provide revenue to staff the station.