An architectural rendering of the new fire station. Courtesy City of San Diego.

Fire Station No. 5 in Hillcrest has served the community for more than a half century and is now scheduled for a $9.2 million makeover, officials are reporting.

Built in 1951, the station located at 3902 Ninth Ave., will undergo reconstruction and modernization to better serve the growing population in Hillcrest and surrounding neighborhoods,  Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer‘s office announced Monday. The mayor, along with City Councilmember Todd Gloria and Fire-Rescue Chief Brian Fennessy, will gather at the station Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. for a news conference to formally announce the plan.

The new 10,731-square-foot, two-floor station is scheduled to include a larger apparatus bay able to house a fire engine, a fire ladder truck and a chief emergency vehicle, according to a news release from the mayor’s office. The project will more than double the size of the current station, which is too small to house modern-day ladder trucks, the release stated.

The current facility will be demolished in late November. “During construction, fire crews will be working out of a temporary facility on Third Avenue to ensure no interruption in emergency service,” the release continued.

The modernized Fire Station No. 5 will reopen at the existing Ninth Ave. in 2018.

In addition to work on the Hillcrest station, the city has also opened a new fire station in Mission Valley and has begun construction of new fire stations for Bayside and City Heights.

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