Options for Moldy Fire Station Include Rebuild?

Could all the walls at a Bryan Fire Station come down?

The report on removing mold at Fire Station Number 3 is in to city officials, and it could be a daunting task to complete.

Tuesday night, the city council will hear about that report from city staff. Fire Chief Mike Donoho tells News 3 it includes a recommended removal of two or three of the station's load-bearing walls to complete the mold remediation.

According to Donoho, there are three basic options the council and staff will have to consider:

- just remove the mold and repair the building

- remodel some or all of the station

- completely tear it down and rebuild it

Fire Station 3 was built in the late 1970s, but it was last month that the discovery of mold behind a bathroom wall that forced all personnel to leave the station. They are using portable buildings to temporarily house firefighters and staff, though calls had to be diverted to other stations for a short period of time.

The city will likely take bids for the mold removal in the near future. Early estimates have that costing in the neighborhood of $25,000-30,000, not including reconstruction and other costs.

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