CENTER POINT, Ind. (WTWO/WAW) — It was a big day in Center Point, Indiana Friday.
Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch stopped by the fire station to present a $495,000 grant to the department for the construction of a new fire house.
“Helen Keller once said that alone we can do so little, but together we can do so much,” Crouch said. “And here in Center Point in Sugar Ridge Township in Clay County, you’ve demonstrated that with this grant we’re going to award today.”
The grant was part of $10.5 million in Community Block Grant funds awarded to 17 rural Hoosier communities. The grants are used to assist local governments with various projects including infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development.
In Center Point, the money will be used to build a 5,200 square foot fire station complete with four bays, a training room, a clean-up room and equipment storage.
The current fire station was built in 1955, noted Center Point VFD representative Zeph Smith.
“Since then, we’ve always needed more and more space,” Smith said. “And with that, we’ve put in the grant to get a newer up-to-date firehouse.”
Smith added that the space will be large enough to host community events.
“This $495,000 grant—which I want to mention is competitive. I mean, we’re just not giving it to you. You’ve applied for it and you’ve earned it,” Crouch said. “This grant is going to allow you to build a new station that will have 5,200 square feet…and your residents will be able to know that they can remain safe in their homes and in their businesses because of what our partnership is going today.”
Officials hope to have the new fire station completed by late 2020 or early 2021.