About a quarter of an acre of land has been donated by Coca-Cola Bottling Company United to build to new and larger fire station in the Kingston neighborhood of Birmingham.
April Odom, Director of Public Information in the Mayor’s Office told Bham Now that today (March 7th) the Birmingham City Council accepted the donated property – a portion of an 88 acre parcel owned by Coca-Cola Bottling United.
“Funding for the station was approved in late August 2016. Property acquisition was approved in October, but additional property was needed.
Site survey and testing has been conducted in November and December while designs were being readied at the same time.”
The old Fire Station No. 8 that served the Kingston Neighborhood was closed in early 2016 because of mold and asbestos problems, according to the mayor’s office. Currently, the nearest fire station is in the Avondale neighborhood.
After pressure from the community, $3 million was approved by the city council in late August to begin redevelopment of the much needed fire station.
“Our goal is to get this Station built and up and running as quickly as possible, the donation from Coca-Cola will help us keep this project on track.We are grateful for their help and commitment to the community…”– Mayor Bell said in a press release