A 65-year-old fire station in Apalachin has been torn down to clear the site for construction of a new station.

Crews from excavation contractor M.R. Dirt of Towanda spent a few days demolishing the building at 230 Pennsylvania Avenue as part of a $2.5 million project.

The main building that was removed was constructed in 1952. An addition to the station was added in 1976.

Brian Rieber, chairman of the Apalachin Board of Fire Commissioners, said excavation and site preparation work likely will take another four weeks.

Rieber said construction of the new facility is expected to start next month with the pouring of concrete. Steel could be delivered to the site in June.

Rieber said the fire station replacement project remains on schedule.

The new building is expected to be substantially completed by October.

Equipment which had been housed at the old station has been relocated to Apalachin's two other stations until the new facility is ready for use.

Piles of rubble were all that remained of the 65-year-old station on April 7, 2017. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

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