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Floyd County

April 10, 2013

Kroger, New Albany still negotiating fire station purchase

Duggins: Multiple sites being considered for new firehouse



City Councilman and redevelopment member Dan Coffey said traffic could be an issue if the administration elects to build a new fire station near the Camille Wright site. 

“I’m not sold on the idea of a firehouse in that area,” he said. 

The public needs more opportunities to speak about the project before a final decision is made, he continued. 

Duggins said some preliminary proposals for locations have been submitted to the New Albany Plan Commission for review. He added that the redevelopment commission would have to approve the purchase of properties before the city could move ahead with building a new fire station. 

The $64,000 approved by the commission Tuesday will be repaid after the property transaction with Kroger is finalized, Duggins continued. 

Irving Joshua, president of the redevelopment commission, said the city “will probably come out with a better facility” for a fire station while also adding to the tax base if the project comes to fruition. 

The Indianapolis company Axis Architecture will be paid $45,725 for its design work for the new firehouse. Also, local company Jacobi, Toombs and Lanz will receive $19,245 for geotechnical work and site surveying.

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