Members of the fire department, along with Staunton residents and others, gathered at the future location for the department's new building, which will be located at 503 E. Columbus St.
"We're glad we're at this point," PTVFD Fire Chief Larry Tempel said. "The goal is to have (the building operational) by Christmas."
In 2009, the department earned a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to construct the new building. The department received the monies through the grant process, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Staunton resident Matthew Reed helped secure the grant for the department. Currently, the department is working with West Central Indiana Economic Development District, Inc., (WCIEDD) grant administrator Kristy Jerrell.
Crescent Building Group, Inc., Plainfield, will construct the building.
According to Tempel, the building will incorporate "green" elements, which was required in the grant the department received.
Tempel said the building will include natural cross ventilation, geothermal heating/cooling, a "green" roof, radiant floors, and LED or CFL lighting.
Tempel said the new building was essential because the department had outgrown its current facility, located at 407 E. Columbus St.
The original building was constructed in 1911 and housed in a church. The fire department took the building in 1957 and a truck bay was added in 1958.
A few years ago, the department purchased properties adjacent to the building to use for training purposes.
Tempel said the department plans to keep its current building and use it for a training area as well as storage.
The department was one of four Indiana fire departments to receive grant money through the process. The remaining three were New Whiteland Fire Department, the Valparaiso Fire Department and the Volunteer Fire and Rescue of Harrison Township in Martinsville. Posey Township received the most grant money of any of the fire departments awarded in the state.