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May 15, 2013

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Coffey: Kroger should pay for new fire station

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NEW ALBANY —

David Duggins, director of redevelopment and economic development for the city, said a proposal to build a new fire station off Daisy Lane will be presented to the New Albany Board of Zoning Appeals next month. 

It would take the place of the Green Valley Road station and property, which is being sought by Kroger for an expansion. 

A deal hasn’t been finalized, but Coffey said Kroger should pay enough so that the new fire station can be constructed without an additional cost to taxpayers. 

“It shouldn’t be costing us a penny,” Coffey said. “That property is valuable to them. Extremely valuable.” 

An appraisal commissioned by the administration valued the Green Valley Road firehouse property at $375,000, but that didn’t include the worth of the building. 

Coffey requested Duggins seek another appraisal, as he added even if Kroger doesn’t plan on using the building, it should be factored into the worth of the property. 

The BZA has already approved using the former Camille Wright pool site for a fire station, but the property was instead chosen by the administration for the new outdoor aquatic center. 

Though Gahan said he didn’t feel the Camille Wright pool property was a good site for a new fire station, the land that would be used for the firehouse under the latest proposal is only about 50 feet away. 

Though several residents complained about the lighting and noise associated with building a fire station along West Daisy Lane, the BZA approved the administration-backed request. 

Administration officials initially said Kroger would pay for a new fire station as part of the purchase. However, some additional amenities have been requested by the New Albany Fire Department that drove up the estimated costs of the station

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