The Country Fire Authority will open its southern metropolitan headquarters and emergency management complex in a new $16 million office project in Dandenong South. Construction is under way on the four-storey, 4500-square-metre office building inside Cbus Property's Estate One office and retail park at the corner of the Princes Highway and South Gippsland Freeway.
CFA regional director Peter Schmidt said the complex would amalgamate several area operations, including the current headquarters inside the ageing Dandenong Fire Brigade building.
"Establishing a new site and securing a lease has been a long process, so it's great to see this project coming to fruition," he said.
The CFA, which is spending $3.5 million on the project, will occupy about 2300 sq m or two floors in the building at Estate One. The top floor will be used as an emergency management centre.
The remaining 2200 sq m is available for lease through Jones Lang LaSalle's Joshua Tebb and Michael Simonds.
The building, designed by Watson Young Architects, will seek a four-star NABERS energy rating and a four-star Green Star rating. It is due to be completed in mid-2014.
The Dandenong Fire Brigade, currently located at 120-122 Princes Highway, will be moving down the road to a $13 million station that will also be completed mid next year. The present fire station will be sold after the move.