The Summerland Fire Hall has undergone exterior renovations worth around $65

The Summerland Fire Hall has undergone exterior renovations worth around $65

Fire hall building receives facelift

The Summerland Fire Hall has a new look as crews have repainted the building and added brick work.

The Summerland Fire Hall has a new look as crews have repainted the building and added brick work.

Municipal administrator Don DeGagne said the cost of the project is estimated at $65,000. He hopes the work will be a catalyst for upgrades on other downtown buildings.

“Many buildings in the downtown area can use a spruce up and it is amazing what can be done with a little paint and low-cost design features,” he said.

Mayor Janice Perrino said the building must remain in place for the long term.

“It’s been 30 years since the last facade upgrades and we know the building needs to live on for another 30 years, so the building has a new look,” she said.

The fire hall has been in place since the spring of 1963. DeGagne said the municipality’s plan is to continue using the existing building.

“We don’t have any plans in the foreseeable future to relocate the fire hall,” he said. “It’s adequate for our purposes right now.”

While the building has been well maintained, he added that the truck bays inside are full.

If additional space is needed, he said the municipality owns an adjacent lot which could be used.

“I doubt we’ll see a new fire hall within the next 10 years,” DeGagne said.