Rendering of new Pefferlaw Fire Hall
As a growing municipality, the Town of Georgina is committed to building a healthy and safe community to serve the needs of our residents.
Emergency services are vital to the well-being of everyone. The new Pefferlaw Fire Station 1-8 will allow Georgina Fire and Rescue Services to continue to provide a high level of care for residents and visitors.
The Town approved the design of the new fire station in December 2017 and awarded the contract to build it on June 20, 1018. Substantial construction is anticipated to be complete by July 31, 2019.
Questions and Answers
Why do we need a new Pefferlaw Fire Hall?
As a growing municipality, the Town of Georgina is committed to building a healthy and safe community to serve the needs of our residents. The current station no longer fulfills the needs of the fire department and other accommodations are required.
Why was that location chosen?
An assessment was conducted looking at a variety of options analyzing the needs of the fire department as well as the community with regards to response times. It was also part of the Fire Master Plan. It was determined that the current location of the Pefferlaw Fire Hall would be the preferred site.
The plan for the Pefferlaw Fire Hall includes the adjacent Cooke’s United Church – what is the reason?
There was public interest in keeping the church and the architect was able to incorporate it into the design. Council was presented with two design options and chose the one that included the former church. A public information session was held on Nov. 20, 2017, and the community also preferred this design. It will allow the Town to keep this meaningful building in the community and away from demolition. The design incorporating the church meets three of the highest criteria for Georgina Fire and Rescue Services – functionality, efficiency and cost-effectiveness.
Where will Station 1-8 be relocated while the new fire hall is being built?
In April, 2018, Council approved a temporary relocation of Station 1-8 to 536 Pefferlaw Rd. to house its apparatus and related equipment. The property owner, Have Bus Will Travel, agreed to the use of its property and storage facility. The existing garage will be used to house three apparatus and related equipment. The location also provides parking space for volunteers to respond in their vehicles, change clothing and effectively respond to emergency incidents.
When will construction start and when will it be completed?
Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2018 with substantial work estimated to be complete by July 31, 2019.
Will emergency response be affected during the construction of the new fire hall?
Emergency services are vital to the well-being of residents and our community. The Town will ensure that fire protection services will be maintained while the new fire hall is under construction.
How much will the new Fire Hall cost?
Initial cost estimates for the project are approximately $3.7 million. Funding for the construction of the new Pefferlaw Station 1-8 will be dealt with through the 2018/19 budget process.
How will this impact my taxes?
Property taxes support the operations of facilities owned by the Town whether it’s a recreational facility, fire hall or municipal office.