FARMINGTON — City officials are preparing for the next step in a long-anticipated project to remodel Farmington's original fire station.

The Farmington City Council will vote at their work session on Tuesday, whether to approve a $3.2 million project to replace Fire Station One.

Albuquerque-based architectural firm Rhode May Keller McNamara will present its proposed design. If the council approves the design, the project will be put out to bid for a construction project.

Mayor Tommy Roberts said that the new building will help the city save on maintenance costs.

Fire Station One was built in the 1950s, according to a September 2012 Daily Times article.

"At that time, there was only one fire station in the city," said Fire Chief Terry Page said in the story. "Where the fire station is located ... it's the busiest district in the city."

Councilor Dan Darnell said he is looking forward to seeing the design, and added that the new facility could help the fire department operate more efficiently and cohesively.

The project calls for building a new station behind the existing fire station at 301 N. Auburn Ave, and is being funded with part of a $9 million bond that is also helping to fund the Regional Animal Shelter and other projects. The existing station will continue to operate until the project is complete.

The old fire station will be demolished and replaced by a fire department administration building in a second phase.

The department's administration is currently based near City Hall on Municipal Drive.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the design," Darnell said. "I think it's a good thing. Coming from a law enforcement background, I wouldn't want to be separated from my guys and gals."

Greg Yee covers government for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4606 and gyee@daily-times.com. Follow him @GYeeDT on Twitter.