A new fire hall in Logan Lake will need to be built smaller than originally expected.

Request for proposal bids came in well over budget, forcing a scale back of the designs for the new building.

The town’s chief administrative officer, Randy Lambright, said the bids came in about 1.5 times higher than the budgeted amount.

Lambright said the new plans have the fire hall downsized by about 2,000 square feet, and will include eliminating a basement and access to Highway 97D.

The current fire hall doesn’t connect to the highway either.

“It was a nice to have, but was it a must have? No,” Lambright said.

He said their architect has redrafted the plans and a quantitative surveyor is now reviewing them. The surveyor will determine a cost estimate for the building.

“We had to go back to the drawing board, and I’m expecting to see some new plans coming forward here pretty darn quick,” said Logan Lake Mayor Robin Smith.

The current fire hall is situated at city hall and Smith said council felt it would be appropriate to give the fire department its own space.

“They needed some office space and [a] designated training room. A lot of times the current fire hall is used for other meetings,” Smith said.

The current building is some 40 years old, she said, noting that it doesn’t have a lot of space.

This new fire hall will be built about 300 metres down the street from the current fire hall.