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Ground Broken On New Beechmont Firehouse

Ground was broken today on a new firehouse in Louisville’s Beechmont neighborhood.    The $3.4 million building will be funded with federal stimulus dollars. It will be constructed next to the old firehouse on Ashland Avenue (pictured), a portion of which dates back to 1924.  The old building will be used mostly to store equipment and vehicles.    Mayor Jerry Abramson says the modern firehouse is scheduled to be open before the end of the year.“Were here to celebrate the future site of a brand new state-of-the art firehouse. Engine 10 will be our third new firehouse that we have literally will have built within the last several years in line with the promise that we made to develop a 21st century fire department for a 21st century Louisville,” he said.The new building will feature include 12 sleeping rooms, a training room, state-of-the art kitchen, and maintenance facilities.(Story by WFPL's Andy Freudenberg.  Photo courtesy of Louisville Metro Fire Department)

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.