DECATUR — The Decatur City Council approved rezoning to allow a new fire station at Mound Road and Greenridge Drive to replace Fire Station 5, now located just north of Brettwood Village Shopping Center.
Fire Chief Jeff Abbott has said the new station will provide faster response to the north side of the city in an emergency.
The $2-million building is part of an $8.5 million plan to renovate or replace the seven fire stations in the city.
City Manager Tim Gleason said money for the project is already accounted for in the city’s current spending plan.
Station 5, on East Christine Drive, dates to 1962, though a large section of the dorm ceiling was rebuilt in 2015 after it collapsed without warning in an area where firefighters could have been sleeping.
The building would span 5,450 square feet, with a 3,050-square-foot basement. It would have one vehicle bay, according to city documents.
Residents voiced concerns about traffic and parking at the Decatur Plan Commission meeting Dec. 7 and an earlier public meeting in October. The commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the proposal.
City Manager Tim Gleason told the Herald & Review in October that the money is already accounted for in the city's current spending levels, taking $400,000 to pay debt service annually over 20 years.