On the site where little more than a month ago the old fire station in downtown Menlo Park was demolished, construction will soon begin on a new fire station and museum.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District station, which provides emergency services to Atherton and downtown Menlo Park, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at 700 Oak Grove Ave.
The former station was a 1953 single-story red-brick building. According to plans, the new station will be two stories and will have drive-through bays so fire engines don't have to be backed in.
Sleeping quarters for on-duty firefighters will be on the second floor. A 342-square-foot carriage house currently at the fire district's Middlefield Road headquarters will moved to the Oak Grove Avenue station.
A museum will display fire trucks from the 1930s and 1950s and a hose wagon from 1900, according to previous Almanac reporting.
A contract with the San Carlos-based Gonsalves & Stronck Construction Co. says costs are not to exceed $7.5 million.
Firefighters who work at the station have moved to a residential property the fire district owns behind the station, and will stay there until the new station is built, Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said. After the new station is finished, the residential property will be demolished to clear space for the museum and carriage house. The district's fire engines are currently parked to the side of the residential property. Emergency response will continue as usual, with the exception that the fire engines will pull out onto Hoover Street instead of Oak Grove Avenue, Chief Schapelhouman noted.