A development boom in Lancaster is having more positive effects than just on the local economy.
It's enhancing the safety of residents.
"The success of the Midtown apartments caught a lot of people by pleasant surprise," says Lancaster Mayor Dave Smith.
According to the city, the project is helping them upgrade the Lancaster Fire Department.
"Ninety-three percent of our budget has been personnel. So with that and our fleet aging, we had a problem of how do we staff the trucks and replace the needed fire trucks," says Fire Chief Dave Ward.
Aging fire trucks have slowly been taken out of service because of the increasing cost of maintaining them.
"Last year, we replaced a pump on one of our trucks which was probably about $20,000," Ward said.
Even the fire chief's car needs to be replaced. It's logged over 120,000 miles and is rusting.
The department is now getting a needed lifeline by some neighbors at the new Midtown Apartments on Ety Road.
"They pay a fire impact fee of about $2,200 per each of those units so it's generating about a half of a million dollars," says Mayor Dave Smith.
The city says it's the largest development in Lancaster in over 25 years. The money generated by the new development is helping the fire department purchase a new fire truck.
"The response times should improve. The safety aspect of our firefighters at a fire scene is much improved," says Chief Ward.
The mayor says some of the new money will also be used to purchase two new service vehicles.
The new truck will debut sometime next month.
Watch 10TV and refresh 10tv.com for the latest news.