The city of La Crosse is getting ready to build a new fire station, for the first time in more than 50 years.
A groundbreaking for a new Station No. 2 happens at 4 p.m. Monday on Farwell Street, near the UW-La Crosse campus. That new firehouse is designed to replace one located on Monitor Street.
The groundbreaking will be one of the last duties for outgoing Fire Chief Ken Gilliam, who recently announced his resignation to take a similar job in Arizona.
Gilliam talked about his five years in La Crosse and where the department is at recently on WIZM’s La Crosse Talk PM.
The city has also made plans for a station to take the place of the 80-year-old one now on Gillette Street, which is expected to be preserved as a historic building.
The newest fire stations now being used in La Crosse are on Market Street and on Losey Boulevard, both built in the 1960s.