READING, Pa. — The Reading City Council voted Monday to award construction contracts for the city's much-anticipated fire station at North Ninth and Marion streets.

A $5.94 million contract for general contractor was awarded to Perrotto Builders Ltd., Reading.

Contracts were also awarded to:

  • Hirneisen Electric Inc., Cumru Township, for $1.04 million for electrical work.
  • Vision Mechanical Inc., West Reading, for $646,940 for plumbing work.
  • Triangle Fire Protection Inc., Carlisle, for $127,900 for fire protection.

The station will be built at 1201 N. Ninth St., the site of the current Ninth and Marion Playground. The groundbreaking is expected next month.

The 12,000-square-foot station is planned to house five pieces of fire and emergency apparatus and will include areas for sleeping quarters, laundry, maintenance, storage, offices, living space, restrooms and a gym. It will replace the current Marion-Hampden station across the street, at 1155 N. Ninth St.

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