If you’re driving along West Seventh Street in St. Paul late this morning — maybe heading to the school district headquarters or passing the sadly vacant Schmidt brewery — wave at city officials when you pass Randolph Avenue. They’re breaking ground for a new fire station on the corner at 11 a.m.
It will be a “green” building that replaces two area fire stations: Station 1, at 296 W. Seventh St., built in 1885 (when they used horses to get to fires) and Station 10, 754 Randolph Ave., built in 1965.
And it will house the Fire Department headquarters, which has long been downtown on 11th Street.
Fire Chaplain Mike Erlander will be on hand to bless the site.