New Castle County Council will revisit legislation Sept. 4 that will allow the county executive to sign an agreement with Christiana Care to invest $750,000 in a paramedic station in Middletown.
The new paramedic station, which will serve southern New Castle County in the Middletown, Odessa and Townsend areas, will be built next to the new free standing emergency room being constructed on Del. Route 299.
Council voted Tuesday to table the memorandum of understanding with Christiana Care and requested that the administration and EMS Division be present to review the draft design of the new station, said Councilman Bill Bell (D- Middletown).
The exact square footage and design of the new station was not presented at Tuesday's county land use committee meeting.
Bell said that he wants to be able to view the design of the station before committing the money to make sure that it will cater to the area's growth.
"We support the partnership and the location being proposed," Bell said.
Construction on the free standing emergency room is expected to completed by the spring and if all goes according to plan, the new paramedic station's completion will shortly follow.
The county is estimating the cost of the paramedic station to be $750,000.
The county will enter into a 99 year lease with Christiana Care for the facility, with a leasing agreement of $1 per year for rent.
The county will pay for water, sewer and utilities and Christiana Care will maintain the outside of the station, including the parking areas, driveways, grounds and landscaping.
Once the county executive signs the memorandum of understanding, then the plans for the Middletown based paramedic station can move forward.
The proposed plans for the new paramedic station mimic those of the new one on Kirkwood Highway, but the bays will be larger in size.
The doors will also be built to suit larger vehicles.
The anticipated completion date for construction is April 2013.