The Gilbert Town Council isn’t convinced the town should demolish substandard fire station and community center buildings, asking for more information before deciding whether to destroy or repair them.
At a special meeting Saturday afternoon, town staff members briefed the council on three facilities — including two fire stations — that they said are no longer adequate to meet the community’s needs.
While most council members said they favored constructing replacement facilities, they asked the staff to provide more details about the possibility of expanding or renovating the existing ones.
The council and staff agreed the Gilbert Community Center, 100 North Oak St., no longer adheres to several major building codes.
The center primarily offers meals and activities for seniors.
Renovating and expanding the 9,000-square-foot facility would cost about $2.5 million, while a proposed new 16,000-square-foot facility would cost $3.6 million.
The council also asked for details about a proposed menu expansion, computer lab and fitness area for the community center.
Fire Chief Collin Dewitt also asked the town to consider demolishing and reconstructing Fire Station 2, 2855 E. Guadalupe Road, at a cost of at least $2.7 million.
Dewitt said the station, built in 1989, has a shifting foundation and needs to be expanded.
Councilman Steve Urie said it was "disconcerting that after 16 years, we are disposing of a building that quickly."
The council had relatively few concerns about a plan to replace Fire Station 3, 529 N. Lindsay Road, with a new $2.7 million station on Guadalupe between Lindsay and Val Vista Drive.