Fire Station Gets New Location
"It has suffered some instability due to ground compaction and some cracks in the walls," said Battalion Chief Steve Sapp. "It fit all of our needs, the appropriate amount of ground was there."
The potential for noise and eyesore at the new location has stirred some red-hot feelings among Green Meadows residents like Joe Johnston.
"It's a hard decision to accept having a fire station across the street."
Johnston lives across the street from where the station will be. With developments closing in around him, he'll have an entirely different and unwanted view from his front porch.
"First we had to deal with losing a pond behind our house, that's a double whammy," he said.
The new station No. 7 will be modeled after station No. 8, including another truck bay to drive through, rather than backing up in to. It will also have expanded space for firefighters to live.
Residents sought ways to better incorporate the station into their neighborhood at a meeting with fire officials.
"It can look like a house; it has more garages than a normal house, but it can mesh," said Johnston.
Residents say, at least, they'll have an even faster response time to look forward to, even if it is a noisy one. Fire officials say the new location off of Green Meadows is final, and construction is likely to begin next month.