Bradley

Village of Bradley officials say the plan is to renovate and expand the former Bradley-Bourbonnais Chamber of Commerce site to house the village’s second fire station.

BRADLEY — Three Kankakee County engineering and construction companies are seeking the project manager role for the proposed construction of a second fire station in Bradley.

The three companies are Piggush-Simoneau Inc. of Kankakee, Johnson Downs Construction Co. of Kankakee, and Bear Construction Co. of Bradley.

Bradley Fire Chief Don Kaderabek announced at Monday’s Bradley Village Board meeting the companies have submitted requests to be considered for the project. The selection of a project manager will likely take place within the next 30 days, Kaderabek said.

The village is looking to construct a second fire station at 1690 Newtowne Drive, the location which was at one time the home of the Bradley-Bourbonnais Chamber of Commerce office. Expected additions to the site include a 3,500-square-foot garage to house a fire engine and an ambulance so that the department can better serve the north and northeast portions of the village.

Renovations are also planned to the 4,200-square-foot former chamber property, which the village has owned for about 20 years, to make it compatible for fire and public safety needs.

The anticipated $800,000-plus project is expected to be put into high gear in the near future as village leadership hopes to have it completed by late summer to early fall.

The project manager will basically manage the project on behalf of the village, from start to finish.

The village’s only fire station is located at the Bradley Village Hall complex along West Broadway Street. A recent study showed the village’s fire and ambulance response times to the north and northeast sections of Bradley are far behind industry standards.

Lee Provost, an award-winning reporter, has been writing local news stories for The Daily Journal since 1988. He is a lifelong resident of the region. Provost can be reached at lprovost@daily-journal.com.