PALM SPRINGS — It’s showtime for Fire Station No. 4. The station, located at 1300 S. Laverne Way, long in need of upgrades, expansion, and modernization, is now a state-of-the-art fire house.
Palm Springs residents are welcome to join the City Council and the Palm Springs Fire Department for a special celebration ribbon-cutting and open house today, Tuesday, July 23. The event will be held at 9 a.m. at the Fire Station.
Money raised from Measure J helped finance the Fire Station remodel and expansion project.
In 2011, Palm Springs residents approved Measure J, a dedicated local revenue measure in the form of of a 1% sales tax increase, to maintain local community services and revitalize downtown. Measure J took effect April 1, 2012.
In addition to the Fire Station upgrades, Measure J money has been used for upgrades at the police training center, 41 miles of road repair and replacement, Welwood Murray Memorial Library, city parks, and Downtown.
In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Twin Palms neighborhood organization will present the Palm Springs Fire Department with a $1,500 check for a new built-in grill.
Fire Station No. 4 was built in 1971 and originally designed by well-known mid-century modern architect Hugh Kaptur. It had long been in need of updating to meet modern fire service demands to better serve the Palm Springs community.
“With the passage of voter-approved Measure J, capital improvement projects such as the expansion and remodel of Fire Station No. 4 are possible,” City Manager David H. Ready said in a prepared statement. “The City Council and the Palm Springs firefighters would like to thank our residents for their foresight in voting to approve Measure J tax dollars for important citywide capital projects that enhance public safety and improve our quality of life.”
A groundbreaking ceremony for renovation of the Fire Station was held in May 2018. The Fire Station was temporarily closed.
- David H. Ready: City of Palm Springs
- Palm Springs Fire Station No. 4: City of Palm Springs