The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has purchased a parcel of land on Aurora Road that will be the future home of the Ballantrae Fire Station and possibly also the home of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
“This is terrific news for all residents of Stouffville,” says Mayor Iain Lovatt. “Ballantrae/Musselman’s Lake is an identified growth area for the town, which has required Council to take steps to replace and modernize the aging facility. The proposed location on Aurora Road meets the requirements for both Fire and EMS, which will improve service and response times.”
The 3.5-acre parcel of land is located just west of Hwy. 48 in Ballantrae. The purchase is a proposed joint venture between the Town and York Region and carries a price tag of $4.168 million plus tax.
Relocating Fire Station 5-2, which is currently at 15400 Hwy. 48, promises to address challenges outlined in the Master Fire Plan adopted by Town Council in June. Recommendations included constructing a replacement fire station in a location near the existing facility that could better serve residents throughout the town.
“Due to the age of the existing facility and the required major upgrades, it was determined that investing in a new fire station will provide a much better value for taxpayer dollars,” Fire Chief Bill Snowball says. “Plus, it can be designed and built specifically to serve the needs of our growing town.”
Photo: The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has purchased a parcel of land on Aurora Road that will be the future home of the Ballantrae Fire Station and possibly also the home of Emergency Medical Services. (Photo courtesy of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.)