STOCKBRIDGE— Jodeco Road between Hudson Bridge Road and Noahs Ark Road will be the new home of Fire Station 8, currently located nearly half a mile away on Flippen Road.
After an executive session Tuesday, Henry County commissioners voted to purchase 3 acres on Jodeco Road at a cost of $200,000 from North Bay Avalon LLP for the permanent relocation of the station. The property borders The Meridian and Summer Leigh subdivisions.
Since May, Station 8 staff members have been housed in temporary structures at 103 Vincent Ave., just behind the former station at 1672 Flippen Road. The old station house has been closed since September 2016 after structural issues were determined at the nearly 40-year-old building.
During a May presentation on the Fire Station 8 options, Assistant County Manager Brad Johnson noted the board would, at the very least, have to find an additional $1.1 million funding source for construction of the new station. The county had already approved $1.9 million in December to be transferred from fund balance to Station 8, in response to a request from District 2 Commissioner Dee Clemmons.
Johnson also said at the time it would be more expensive to rebuild at the current location due to the grade of the existing property, traffic congestion, and the location itself, which poses issues for the design of the new county prototype station. Newer stations are larger and include three bays for fire vehicles, as opposed to two like the older county models.
The former Station 8 structure has three bays but is much smaller than the county’s newer fire stations.
“On our operational response modeling plan, it came up to be very viable for our road mileage for ISO. We feel that this is a good response location that will service citizens well,” Johnson said on Tuesday.